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A Journey through the City of David – Mysteries of Ancient Jerusalem

Welcome to one of the most intriguing sites in the world – the City of David! If you’re planning a trip to Israel with your family, including kids, you’re in for an adventure like no other. Join us on a virtual tour as we unveil the secrets of this historic gem, nestled beneath the bustling streets of Jerusalem.

Imagine stepping back in time, uncovering layers of history buried deep beneath the ground. That’s precisely what awaits you at the City of David. Let us begin at the heart of ancient Jerusalem, touring through a captivating journey

The story begins with a discovery so remarkable it captured the attention of the world. The lost city of Jerusalem, hidden for centuries, began to reveal its secrets through ongoing excavations. But how was this ancient marvel found?

Legend has it that the City of David was lost over 2,000 years ago, buried beneath layers of destruction left by the Romans. As time passed, nature reclaimed the land, disguising the once-thriving city as mere wilderness. It wasn’t until the 19th century, under the directive of Queen Victoria and the exploration of Captain Charles Warren, that the true extent of Jerusalem’s ancient glory was unveiled.

Picture Captain Warren’s astonishment as he stumbled upon a hidden spring, leading to the discovery of a shaft that revealed the ancient city of David. His findings sparked a renewed interest in the area, drawing attention from historians, archaeologists, and adventurers alike.

Fast forward to modern times, where the visionaries of Israel, including Chaim Weizmann, Eliezer Ben Yehuda, and Baron Edmund Rothschild, recognized the significance of preserving this historic site. With their efforts, supported by communities worldwide, the City of David began to emerge as a symbol of cultural heritage and national pride.

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But the journey didn’t end there. Through the dedication of archaeologists like Dr. Eilat Mazar and the support of organizations such as the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israeli National Parks Authority, the City of David underwent a transformation. From humble beginnings to a bustling visitor center, millions now flock to witness history come alive.

Today, the City of David stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring legacy of Jerusalem. It’s a place where the past meets the present, where visitors from every corner of the globe can connect with their roots and rediscover their shared history.

As we look to the future, the City of David remains a beacon of hope and unity, inviting all to join in its journey of exploration and discovery. Whether you’re exploring the ancient ruins or participating in an archaeological dig, there’s something for everyone to experience and cherish.

Highlights you will get to see touring the City of David.
Archaeological Sites:

  1. City Walls and Fortifications: Explore the remains of the City of David’s ancient walls and fortifications, remnants of a once powerful kingdom.
  2. Hezekiah’s Tunnel (Siloam Tunnel): Walk through this 3,800-year-old water tunnel, used by Jerusalem’s inhabitants for centuries.
  3. Spring Citadel: Witness the remains of an important structure protecting the Gihon Spring.
  4. 3D Display Exhibit: Experience an exciting 3D presentation that brings the story of the Shiloach Tunnel to life.

Dry vs Wet Tour: Choose between a tour that explores the City of David above ground or a wet tour that includes walking through the water of the Siloam Tunnel (be sure to bring appropriate footwear and clothes if you choose the wet tour).

So, are you ready to embark on an adventure of a lifetime? Pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and set your sights on the City of David – where history awaits at every turn. See you soon at the birthplace of Jerusalem, where the story began.

Hour of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday 8:00 am- 5:00 pm
Friday- 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday: Closed
This site is close to the Kotel (Western Wall) and Jaffa Gate. It is recommended for anyone that can walk unassisted.

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