Many legends and traditions are linked with the cave's name, and it is called Zedekiah Cave probably because of the description of the escape of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah, from the Chaldeans who conquered Jerusalem through the cave. Today cultural and musical performances are held in the cave, giving the audience an unusual and exciting experience. Today cultural and musical performances are held in the cave, giving the audience an unusual and exciting experience.
Events in Zedekiah Cave
The place where legends and almost implausible mysterious stories are woven has become a stronghold of culture and music. In recent years, a line of boutique shows has established itself in the cave with the participation of many of the leaders of Israeli music, including Yoni Rechter, Keren Peles, Berry Sakharof, Idan Amadi, Yishai Rivo, Miri Mesika, Sharit Haddad, Eviatar Banai, Ehud Banai, Natan Goshen, and many others. The cave is considered by most artists as an "unconventional place" thanks to the exceptional experience it gives to the artist and the audience and its remarkable acoustics. You can keep up to date with the performance schedule on the Facebook page. In addition, the mysterious Zedekiah Cave is also used as a site for unforgettable events. An event of up to 500 people can be held in the cave during the day and at night. The place offers a variety of seating options and allows you to order outside catering. The cave has partial access for people with disabilities, and the site offers bus parking. As a special bonus, the Zedekiah Cave team will take you on a guided tour of the cave and the secret crawl tunnel.
About the history of Zedekiah Cave
The last known quarrying in the cave occurred at the beginning of the 20th century. The "Clock Tower" that once stood above the Jaffa Gate and was destroyed during the British Mandate, was built from quarried stones-. A host of stories and traditions have been associated with the name of the cave: King Zedekiah's escape from the Chaldeans, the construction of the Temple by King Solomon, its adoption by members of the order of the "Freemasons" who gave it the name "King Solomon's Quarries", an Arabic tradition that identifies the cave with the burial place of Korah and his sect, a winged creature that was discovered in a cave at the end of the 19th century as a carving of a mythological figure, reminiscent of the Sphinx. Thousands of graffiti on the walls, the trickling of the "Tears of Zedekiah" spring, and a mysterious crawling canal that was only recently discovered.
Photographs: Pami, Yael Herman