The Knesset is the parliament of Israel and is located in Jerusalem, the capital of the country. It is one of Israel’s most important and symbolic political buildings.
Inaugurated in 1966, the Knesset is the place where political and legislative decisions are made in Israel. The term “Knesset” derives from the Hebrew word meaning “assembly” or “congregation.”
Designed by architect Joseph Klarwein, the Knesset building is an example of modernist architecture with Jewish influences. It is characterized by its distinctive cylindrical shape, which represents a symbol of openness and inclusivity.
Facts & Trivia
During the cornerstone-laying ceremony of the Knesset in 1950, a stone from Masada, a historic and symbolic site for the Jewish people, was used. This gesture was a way to connect Israel’s historical past to the construction of its political future.