Search
 

 More From Region

 

Cities:

The Siloam Tunnel

The Siloam Tunnel is one of the highlights of the visit to the City of David: an ancient water tunnel still in tact

On this Page:

The Siloam Tunnel

The Siloam Tunnel is one of the greatest adventures of a Jerusalem tour. It is a highlight of the visit to the City of David, the earliest remnants of Jerusalem, where visitors experience an amazing engineering feat: the 1,500-foot-long-tunnel created by King Hezekiah in 701 BCE to protect Jerusalem’s water source, the Gihon Spring, from the invading Assyrians (2 Chron. 32:2-4).

 

Near the exit of the tunnel, the British explorer Captain Charles Warren (who first rediscovered it in 1867) found an ancient Hebrew inscription describing the construction. It says a team of diggers started at each end, listening for the sound of each other's pickaxes, and eventually met in the middle!

As visitors slosh through the water, their flashlights pick up the marks of the ancient pickaxes, going in one direction until the meeting point and then going the other way. The water-walk takes about 45 minutes, and is recommended for visitors of all ages tall enough to wade through about two feet of flowing water. For land-lubbers, new excavations have revealed another tunnel, now dry but that still gives a sense of the greatness of Jerusalem's long ago laborers, monarchs and engineers.

 

www.cityofdavid.org.il


 

 

 

 Sites & Attractions

 
System of underground tunnels constituting a continuous chain of history from the times...
Spring in Nakhal Refa'im, with adjoining Ein Yael Museum, an active museum that holds i...
Interactive museum designed to bring the world of science and technology closer to chil...
The Church of the Holy Sepulcher. According to Christian tradition, the Church of the H...
Catholic church of the Benedictine Fathers, built between the years 1900-1910. Accordin...
The Room of the Last Supper – The Coenaculum. According to Christian tradition, already...
 

 Accommodations

 
Since 1964 Commodore Hotel is located on the road going up to Mt. of Olives in a perfec...
Located in the heart of the city with magnificent views of the Old City walls, the Towe...
The Prima Royale is an exclusive hotel designed specifically to serve business traveler...
Harmony Hotel is a boutiqe hotel with 50 rooms facing the roofs and the uniqe alles of ...
Jewish_Sites