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“A really cool place in the heat of summer” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zedekiah's Cave (Solomon's Quarries)

Zedekiah's Cave (Solomon's Quarries)
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Bethlehem Private Guided Half Day Tour from Jerusalem
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Owner description: Dating back nearly 2,000 years, this quarry is one of the largest found in Israel.
Beit Shemesh, Israel
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“A really cool place in the heat of summer”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

I enjoyed exploring a safely marked path in this ancient maze. It was cool indoors. and adequately lit. I have never been in a similar cave in my life. Appropriate for all ages. If steps are not a problem. there was an interesting guide, too.

Visited December 2011
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“Little known gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

Despite having been re-discovered over 150 years ago this site receives very few visitors, not only by our own observation but also in a conversation with the staff at the site.

This is a great pity because one cannot grasp the enormity of the task removing what must have been thousands of tons of rock to construct the Temple and associated buildings of the Old City at the time of Solomon.

The walk of about 400 metres round trip is relatively easy with caves extending out both sides. There is a huge open "hall" about 100 metres square about half way down, and a little further on huge stone pillars hold up some thousands of tons of rock.

The entrance fee of NIS16 is good value when you consider the historic nature of the site, the ease of getting around and the excellent lighting.
Perhaps the only think missing are small arrows to direct you in a circular route, but it is still easy to find your way around.

Visited November 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“It's the story that count”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2012

otherwise' it's just another cave. But when you think about tales of the bibles coming alive it may be a little more interesting

Visited December 2011
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Zedekiah's Cave”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2012

This 2,500 year old cave was only rediscovered in 1854 but has only been cleaned up and opened to the public in the last few years. It is easy to reach by walking along the main road about 200 meters east of the Damascus Gate. Entrance fee is 4 dollars. The cave inside is well lit to give maximum effect of length and depth. On a hot summer day it is refreshingly cool. The pathways are not easy to walk along but it is rewarding to go in as far as possible. There are many stories and legends and although there are plenty of signs in English at different parts of the cave, we were fortunate to attach ourselves to a tour guide taking a party of visitors around and adding stories of his won. Well worth the visit if you are in the area of the Damascus Gate where there are other sites to visit in and around the Old City.

Visited June 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“The dog who discovered the cave”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2012

In 1854 dr.Barclay's dog fell in the cave and so he made history.Today it is known that the cave was initialy a quarry where from stones to build the ancient city were taken.The size is about 250m per 100 m ,all this extends under today's Old City muslim quarter.Huge pillars hold the cave's ceiling not to fall.Studies concluded that the cave began to be functional during King Solomon.Today the cave is used for meetings of the Freemasons who considered King Solomon as being there patron.
Today's popular name of Zedekiah cave comes from the times when Zedekia King was pursued by the Caldeans and was captured at the entrance to this cave.
The cave is a touristic attraction and you can spend about one hour to walk on well illuminated paths around the cave.It is pleasantly cold inside and very dry.At one point you will see the "Zedekiah tears" ,a small water fall (don't drink).

Visited June 2012
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