Search
 

 More From Region

 

Cities:

Zedekiah’s Cave

The mysterious Zedekiah’s Cave is located east of Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem

On this Page:

Zedekiah’s Cave

This mysterious cave located east of Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem goes back about 1,000 feet under the northern Old City wall, and about 2,000 years in history. Make that 2,600 years, if you include the legend that gave it its name.

It is said that Zedekiah, Jerusalem’s last biblical king, a Babylonian puppet deposed of during the final siege on the city, attempted to flee Jerusalem to Jericho through this cave.

He was captured and brought before the Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar, where his sons were murdered in front of him and his eyes were put out (2 Kings 25:1-6).


In keeping with this tragic story, at the back of the cave is a tiny spring, known as “Zedekiah’s tears.” That is were you discover the cave has no exit; archaeologists tell us that in fact it was a quarry from which Herod the Great hewed stone to build the Temple.

 

The cave’s dramatic lighting reveals signs of the quarrying. In 1868, the first meeting of Freemasons in Ottoman Palestine was held by candlelight in Zedekiah’s Cave. Its impressive dimensions have bestowed another traditional name, meaningful to Masons: “King Solomon’s Quarries.”

 

The cave is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.



 

 Sites & Attractions

 
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...
Square containing an exhibit of the history of Damascus Gate (Sha'ar Sh'hem,) an import...
The museum depicting the history of excavations in the Ophel and in the areas south and...
 

 Accommodations

 
Harmony Hotel is a boutiqe hotel with 50 rooms facing the roofs and the uniqe alles of ...
The Agron Guest House is situated in the heart of the Jerusalem and as such it is ideal...
Various-sized units in an old Arab house, from single rooms to six-person family suites...
Guest units surrounded by a grassy area, with balconies facing the Jerusalem hills and ...
Jewish_Sites