An old Turkish prison in Jerusalem is briefly opening to the public this weekend, allowing visitors a rare glimpse inside an infamous local landmark.
The Kishle prison in Jerusalem’s Old City was built by the Ottoman Turks in the mid-1800s. It later served the British as a jail, housing Jewish and Arab prisoners in the stormy years leading up to Israel’s creation in 1948.
One of those prisoners, Samuel Matza, who was a member of a Jewish underground group as a young man, recalled sleeping on rags on the jail’s floor after British police arrested him on weapons charges 64 years ago.
Weirdest part: It will open on Saturday for three weeks, having been temporarily transformed into a concert space for a visiting troupe of Swedish musicians.