A visit to Hezekiah's Tunnel is a must for any visitor to Jerusalem. When visiting the City of David where the earliest remnants of Jerusalem can be found, there is a 1,500-feet-long-tunnel that was created by King Hezekiah in 701 BCE to protect Jerusalem's water source, the Gihon Spring from the invading Assyrians: "Hezekiah also plugged the upper watercourse of the Gihon waters and brought it straight down to the west side of the City of David." (Chronicles 2, 32:30)
By the exit of the tunnel, Captain Charles Warren, the British explorer who first discovered the tunnel in 1867, found an inscription written in ancient Hebrew that described how two teams of diggers started digging the tunnel from opposite ends and listened out for the other team's pickaxes and subsequently met in the middle!
Visitors trek through the knee-high water in the tunnel and can view with the help of their flashlights the marks left by the ancient pickaxes in one direction until the meeting point and then the other way from the meeting point. The walk takes about forty-five minutes and is highly recommended for all those tall enough to wade through the water.
How to get there: Hezekiah's Tunnel is located in the City of David National Park which one can get to by going through Jaffa Gate and Dung Gate and turn left then first right and the Visitor's Center will be on your left.
Open Hours: The City of David National Park is open every day except Saturdays and national holidays. Winter Hours: Sun-Thu 08:00-17:00, Fri & Holiday Eves 08:00-13:00, Summer Hours: Sun-Thu 08:00-19:00 Fri & Holiday Eves 08:00-15:00. Last entry two hours before closi
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A truly original attraction that was throughly enjoyed by all of the family
A really fun experience to have as a family- just make sure you are wearing suitable shoes and clothing becuase you WILL get wet- the water on us shorter-than-average adults as some points reached well above our knees. At some points the tunnels also get really really narrow and are extremely dark at all times so be prepared for that. We had a blast as a family but make sure that your kids are up for such an experience...
Our tourgroup had a fantastic time in these tunnels- there were a few members who simply couldn't face the idea of pitch-black, claustrophobic tunnels so they took the alternative tunnel route which is well lit and not too long. The rest of us were thrilled by the experience, finally found a use for the head-lamps we'd bought along with us and had so much fun.