City of David

City of David
The story of the City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. Years later, David’s son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac, and with it, this hilltop became one of the most important sites in the world.

City of David in Jerusalem

Photo: Ron Peled

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.

The tour of the City of David begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid.  As one moves through the site, one comes in contact with archaeological excavations and thrilling biblical finds that span thousands of years of history including both First and Second Temple Jerusalem.

The tour continues underground to the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1,000 years. Visitors seeking adventure can trek through knee deep water in King Hezekiah’s 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering. Continuing to the Shiloah Pool, the major water drawing source in biblical times, one reaches the Herodian Road, the ancient thoroughfare that led pilgrims north to the Temple.
We welcome you to come see for yourself the place where it all began…

Armon Hanatziv

More than two thousand years ago, two long and magnificent aqueducts were constructed to bring water from the Pools of Solomon (near Bethlehem) to the Temple. On the tour we will enjoy incredible views of Ancient Jerusalem from various key vantage points along the Armon Hanatziv Promenade and discuss the importance of the water system that Herod built south of Jerusalem. Taking flashlights along, we descend deep within the earth to explore the remnants of the Lower Aqueduct and familiarize ourselves with the power of these mighty water works.

The Hasmonean Aqueduct in Armon Hanatziv

Photo: Ron Peled

Mount of Olives

The cemetery on the Mount of Olives stands at the heart of the Jewish connection to Jerusalem. Numerous tours are offered in the footsteps of its historical visitors. Personal stories, traditions, and visits to the graves of famous leaders. Opening Hours of the Information Center:  Sun-Thur 9:00am- 5:00pmFor details call *6033, +972 2 626- 8700.

The Temple Mount Sifting Project

Have you ever held ancient artifacts from the Temple Mount in your own hands? Did you ever find an archaeological treasure more precious than gold? Join us in uncovering the glorious past of the Temple Mount. Sift through rubble that originated in ancient buildings from the Temple Period and learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site.

City of David store

The City of David Store provides visitors with an opportunity to take home a piece of Jerusalem. Offering one of a kind gifts from the City of David and replicas of artifacts found at the site, the City of David Store also carries the artwork of some of the most talented artists that Israel has to offer, including unique commissions designed specifically for our store.

The store also carries the publications of the Megalim Institute, featuring the latest archaeological information available about Jerusalem from leading archaeologists and scholars from around the world.
While there is no better place than the City of David to learn about the history of Jerusalem and come face to face with personalities and places of the Bible, the City of David Store now offers you the opportunity to ensure that you will never forget your experience at the City of David. Now you can bring some of Jerusalem home.




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