City of David National Park

City of David National Park

City of David National Park
4.5
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Rediscover Biblical Jerusalem.The story of the City of David began over 3,000 years ago,Today, the story of the City of David continues. Deep underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. While above ground, the city is a vibrant center of activity with a visitor's center that welcomes visitors for an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Londoner16
London, UK89 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
We booked the evening son et lumière show "Hallelujah" at the City if David. It's very expensive, and not really worth it. First they show you the archeological excavations themselves, but the explanations are brief and uninformative. Nothing is said about dates or historical context. Then there is a projection of a story on the walls of one part, where you sit in an amphitheatre. The visual special effects are quite impressive, but that's the only good thing about it. It's a quasi-historical quasi-mythical account of a Jewish return from Persian exile to rebuild Jerusalem, with backward references to the biblical story of David. But again historical explanation is lacking and it's quite confusing. The narrative is low-grade and patronising, as well as propagandistic (the modern resonances of a Jewish return from exile to rebuild Jerusalem, in the teeth of hostile forces who don't want the Jews there, are not exactly subtle). Well worth missing.
Written August 17, 2022
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GranZorro
Zug, Switzerland1,570 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The story of the discovery of Kind David's city - below the walls of the Temple Mount - is in itself a fascinating feat of archeological "detective work".

The tour through the excavations and the tunnels is not only an extraordinary experience, but it also confirms the biblical narrative concerning both the site itself and Jerusalem in general point by point.

Take the 3 hours or more needed for this visit and go. Highly recommended.
Written November 18, 2022
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Neta
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
In March 2023 we took a Biblical City of David tour with Oren being our guide. What a great guide he was! As with the most of ancient ruins you need someone to explain, what you are looking at. Otherwise it’s just a pile of stones in front of you. Oren loves being a guide and it showed in everything he was telling us about. His enthusiasm was simply contagious. The pouring rain on that day did not really spoil the mood, because the facts we learned from our guide and the things we saw were so exciting. Oren was engaging the group with questions and stories. We would really recommend the tour and the guide.
Written April 5, 2023
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Ailsa E
Northampton68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We have just got back from doing this and loved it. We took shorts and flip-flops./sliders to change into at the visitor centre, and left our stuff in the lockers, do the water tunnel, which was an amazing experience. We were in it on our own and used phones as light, and I would strongly advise turning the lights off and standing still just to get a sense of how isolated you are in the centre. We then walked back to the start along the drainage channel, which ends up at the new excavations by the car park
Written November 21, 2022
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Christopher S
Fort Collins, CO124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
Small archeological site right next to the western wall of the temple mount. It was really easy to access via the local bus system. The main attraction is the pool of Shiloam and Hezzikiahs tunnel water system. If you are even a little claustrophobic I would NOT recommend the tunnel but you can still explore the dry route and even try entering from the other side of the wet route to get the "feel"of it. Had a really great time at this site.
Written July 2, 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The City of David National Park demonstrates the evolution of David's city from the earliest times. Archaeologists are still discovering clues to the early city. The remains of the early city can be found near the Western Wall, near the Dung Gate. There are quite a few stairs to climb, but it's worth the effort. By the way, David's son, Solomon built the Temple.
Written November 16, 2022
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Sara B
Houston, TX201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
We really enjoyed our 90 minute City of David to Western Wall tour! Miss Ariana was our group's guide. She is fantastic! Ariana is fluent in Hebrew too. This tour includes a short hike through an underground tunnel but there is also outside time in direct sunlight so have a hat and sunscreen. We prepaid for the tour via the website about 10 days before the date. There were about 2 dozen folks in our group. Ariana had such a great way of storytelling and keeping everyone engaged. I highly recommend this tour. I know there is a popular 3 hour tour, but we didn't have time in our packed Jerusalem schedule for it.
Written June 8, 2022
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Kelly
Warren, MI105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
We had an excellent tour guide for the underground tunnel tour at City of David. Yehuda was informative and entertaining. Most of the tour is in fairly large underground spaces or outside at overlooks. At one point in the tour there is an option to split into the dry tunnel or the wet tunnel. Before you choose a tunnel, there is a short film about how the tunnel was made and how it was discovered We chose to do the dry tunnel since it was a shorter walk in closed quarters and enjoyed the quick hop back into history. Both tunnels ended back at the Pool of Siloam together. It is not a wet pool but a historically significant one nevertheless. We chose the shuttle back to the visitor's center but there were other areas that one could walk through and explore as well if you want to make a whole day of the experience.
Written July 28, 2022
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zev b
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
3500 years of Biblical history come alive when you take a guided tour of the City of David. The tunnel shaft that King David used to surprise the enemy so he could take over this mountain; the place where King David set up a tent to house the Ark of the Covenant, the pool where Solomon was anointed as the person to succeed his father as the next king; inscribed seals of known people during the reign of King Josiah, and inscribed seal of Jeremiah's scribe when Jeremiah was commanded to redeem his relative's property.
These evidences and more of Biblical history await you.
Written June 22, 2024
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Elsaivers
Washington DC, DC47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Very much worth a visit. Guided tours are only at certain times so plan in advance if you would like to do one. (We did a self guided tour and it was still very cool!)

The path is well marked but will take you through a residential area so keep your ticket handy as you will go through another gate. The pilgrimage steps are still under excavation and the only exit from the tunnel is through what looks like a construction site. (If you keep going up the tunnel you will hit a dead end.)
Written July 17, 2022
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