Hezekiah's Tunnels - City of David

Hezekiah's Tunnels - City of David

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Leading from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloan, Hezekia’s Tunnel (also known as the Shiloah Tunnel) is one of only a few 8th-century-BC structures worldwide that are fully accessible to the public.

As the Bible tells us, the 533-meter-long tunnel was dug by King Hezekiah so that he could fortify the city against the invading Assyrian armies without compromising its main water source, the Gihon Spring, which lay outside the walls: “And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib was come, and that he was purposed to fight against Jerusalem, He took counsel with his princes and his mighty men to stop the waters of the fountains which were without the city: and they did help him.

So there was gathered much people together, who stopped all the fountains, and the brook that ran through the midst of the land, saying, Why should the kings of Assyria come, and find much water?” (2 Chronicles 32:2-4). According to an inscription in the tunnel, it took two years to dig, with two teams starting at each end and meeting in the middle. The tunnel was discovered in 1838 by US Bible scholar Edward Robinson. Besides the awesome experience of walking through an almost 3,000-year-old man-made tunnel, visitors – children especially – will enjoy the simple pleasure of wading through water that at times is waist-high.

Get your tickets to the City of David where you can enjoy a short  trek through Hezekiah’s Tunnel in knee-high water.

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  • Lisa Taulman
    Lisa Taulman
    January 26, 2024

    I have claustrophobia and would never be able to see this, nor many other sites, if not for YouTube videos!!! So loved this walk through Hezekiah's tunnel!!! What a huge feat!!

  • Sebastian Hammer
    Sebastian Hammer
    July 1, 2023

    Not good for claustrophobic people, but a one of a kind experience for anyone else. You walk for ages through a shoulder width, dark tunnel, with water to your angles.

  • Mike Heath
    Mike Heath
    December 28, 2018

    I loved it! Walking through history and wondering how they achieved such a work 3000 years ago. The water is mostly up to the knees of an adult and is not too cold. Get the T-shirt at the end.

  • Nunes Andy (Samuel)
    Nunes Andy (Samuel)
    June 3, 2023

    Beautiful, what amazing projects they have discovered and pray they will discover more

  • Espen Lie Melsom Rutger
    Espen Lie Melsom Rutger
    April 1, 2019

    This is one of the very many places that you have to see in Jerusalem. The tunnel is not for sissy's but it's really a experience you will never forget.

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