In 1984, the Rothschild Foundation (Yad Hanadiv) made a formal offer to the Government of Israel to donate a permanent building for the Supreme Court. The offer was gratefully accepted and an architectural competition was held in 1986. The winners, from Israel, were the brother-and-sister team of Ram Karmi and Ada Karmi Melamede from Tel Aviv. The new Supreme Court building was dedicated on November 10, 1992.
Several important factors were taken into consideration during the planning stage. The site of the building would be in Kiryat David Ben Gurion, adjacent to both the Knesset, the legislative branch of government and the executive branch of government; the building would integrate post-modern architectural elements, reflecting Jerusalem’s rich architectural history; the building would express values of justice, law and righteousness, drawing inspiration from biblical metaphor.
The Supreme Court Guided Public Tours - FREE
Guided Tours Sunday through Thursday for individuals Guided tours in Hebrew - 11:00 Guided tours in English - 12:00
The court is open to the public Sunday through Thursday, 8:30-14:30.
♦ Guided Tours for groups of more than ten people, must make advance reservation 02-6759612/3.
Note: The department of public affairs reserves the right to add or to cancel tours without prior notice.
The Supreme Court is accessible from several directions
From the South The Knesset passageway leads through the Wohl Rose Garden and connects the Knesset , the legislative branch of government, with the Supreme Court building, the judicial branch.
From the North A pedestrian bridge will connect the Central Bus Station to the Supreme Court building. Between them stands the executive branch of government, which consists of various ministries, including the Office of the Prime Minister.
From the West The Dorothy de Rothschild Promenade joins the main thoroughfare with the Supreme Court building.
From the East A footpath footpath through Sacher Park leads to the Supreme Court building. Cars enter the Supreme Court area via Yitzhak Rabin Boulevard.
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