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“Engineering marvel”

Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
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Hallelujah: The City of David's Nighttime...
Ranked #13 of 316 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Come rediscover Biblical Jerusalem! Located just outside the Old City walls, the City of David is in fact the historical Old City of Jerusalem, containing archeological remnants going back 4,000 years. Come see for yourself where it all began...
Reviewed November 24, 2012

Very interesting to see how the city protected its water supply during its war with the Romans. It amazes me how they could have accomplished this feat without modern engineering tools.

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

Someone who loves history, I do admire the architecture. Other than that there is nothing to it. The tunnels are claustrophobic, there are no lights, and if you get stuck you are history.

I would suggest you do something else with your precious time when in Israel.

2  Thank George09822
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Reviewed November 23, 2012

A hand hewn 1/3 mile aquaduct under the city of David, walkable abt 3 feet wide and 5 feet high. Brought own flashlights. Fantastic representation of what the israelis went thru to provide for their own people.
Wow!!

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Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is one of the most fun attractions we have every done. It is great way to learn about the history of Jerusalem as well as a fun activity everyone all of the family will enjoy. We were amazed by how long the tunnel is and for how long we walked in the dark. This is highly recommended during the warm summer months. During your long walk try singing while walking - there are great acoustics inside.

Wear shoes that you can walk through water with and clothes you don't mind getting wet. Take a small flash light - (You can also purchase a small flashlight for 4 NIS at the souviner shop near the entrance and there is also a small vending machine with small flashlights right before the entrance to the tunnel.) There is also a place to buy ice cream and snacks.

There is a separate route for those who do not feel comfortable walking through the tunnel.

1  Thank Oran A
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Reviewed November 21, 2012

It was only when our guide for our tour of Israel mentioned these that they came to our attention, but if you want some fun while getting an insight into the fortitude of ancient builders and want to cement in place some of that hazy Old Testament understanding, then give this place a visit. It is the culmination of a visit to David's City; a delve into the earliest period of known history of Jerusalem. Hezekiah built the tunnel to channel the Gihon Spring inside the city walls to deny water to the Assyrian invaders. Be prepared though. You wade up to your thighs at the beginning then splash through shin deep for most of the 533 metres of the tunnels, which are mostly above head height and just about shoulder width but tall people might be aching a bit by the end. Footwear is not provided but plastic sandals are available in the shop for about $10. There are no lights either but the 1$ tiny key ring torches we bought there were perfectly adequate in such a confined space. The first entrance into the dark and cold water can be a little unnerving but after that is is all fun and interest. Watch out for the plaque on the wall towards the end. It's a pity that they ran a giant sewage pipe above the ancient pool at the bottom but there is a lot of renovation happening here and I suspect they will deal with that in the fullness of time.

1  Thank Alan1fromOz
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