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The City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnel

Today, after arriving in Jerusalem we headed straight to the Western Wall and then to the City of David for a visit to Hezekiah’s Tunnel.

Jerusalem has been inhabited for thousands of years, but there is debate about how many people lived in the city at a specific time. In order to better understand the societies living in Jerusalem, archaeologists have taken to excavation to find answers. The excavations here have led to some extraordinary finds and make for a great visit.

In order to get to the entrance of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, you pass through a series of steps descending deep underground. Along the way you pass through layers upon layers of (rather confusing) history. The tunnel itself was used as a water system to bring water within the city wall during ancient times and has now be rediscovered.

Descending down through the layers of archaeological remains

Descending down through the layers of archaeological remains

Further down we went

Further down we went

Walking through the tunnel is a bit of a tight squeeze and you get pretty wet. At one point the water came all the way up to my upper legs. I suggest wearing some sort of sandals, my Chacos were absolutely perfect for it!

The ancient water system running beneath my feet, cooling down from the hot sun

The ancient water system running beneath my feet, cooling down from the hot sun

Good thing I am not claustrophobic! The tunnel gets very small at some points.

Good thing I am not claustrophobic! The tunnel gets very small at some points.

The tunnel is definitely worth while. Not only does it cool you off from the hot Jerusalem days, but it also is a fun flashback through history. Just be prepared for the long walk through the water. Make sure to have some sort of sandals, and I would also suggest shorts to avoid wet pants.

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3 thoughts on “The City of David and Hezekiah’s Tunnel

  1. I had to write a paper on the debate about archaeological excavation in the tunnels beneath Jerusalem. Out of curiosity, did you experience any of that while you were there?

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    • I did not really run into the debate while I was there, but I also took a class on the archaeology in Israel. We discussed the debate, but not at length. Thanks for reading!

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