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Hezekiah's Tunnel

Jerusalem Unearthed

Welcome to Hezekiah’s Tunnel, an extraordinary feat of engineering and an archaeological marvel that allows us to relive the ingenuity of Jerusalem’s inhabitants. Join us as we explore the captivating story of Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the fascinating journey it offers.

Begin your adventure by visiting the City of David, an archaeological park outside Jerusalem’s Old City walls. This is where you’ll find the entrance to Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Upon arriving at the City of David, head to the ticket counter to purchase your entrance ticket. It’s advisable to check the opening hours and any special guidelines or requirements before your visit.


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Preparing for the Experience:

Before entering the tunnel, be prepared for a unique adventure. Wear comfortable clothing and footwear suitable for walking through water. You might want to bring a small flashlight or headlamp to enhance visibility within the tunnel.


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First Temple Siloam Pool

Consider joining our guided tour of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. Guided tours offer expert insights, historical context, and a deeper understanding of the tunnel’s significance. Guides often share captivating stories that bring the tunnel’s history to life.

Independent Exploration:

If you prefer to explore on your own, follow the signs within the City of David that lead you to the entrance of Hezekiah’s Tunnel. The entrance to the tunnel is marked, and staff members are usually available to provide information and directions.



Navigating the Tunnel:

As you enter Hezekiah’s Tunnel, you’ll find yourself walking through water that can be ankle- to knee-deep. The tunnel is narrow and dimly lit, so proceed carefully and follow the path. The journey through the tunnel is a one-of-a-kind experience that allows you to immerse yourself in history.


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The Siloam Tunnel (Hezekiah’s Tunnel).
Credit: Tamar Hayardeni from Hebrew Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

A Remarkable Engineering Feat:

Hezekiah’s Tunnel, also known as the Siloam Tunnel, is a testament to the resourcefulness and determination of King Hezekiah and his people. Carved through solid rock, this tunnel served as a conduit to bring water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam, providing a vital water supply within the city’s protective walls.



King Hezekiah’s Vision:

The construction of Hezekiah’s Tunnel was not merely a practical endeavor; it also carried strategic significance. In the face of looming threats, King Hezekiah sought to safeguard Jerusalem’s water supply by diverting it within the city walls, rendering it inaccessible to potential besiegers.


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A Journey through Darkness:

Venturing into Hezekiah’s Tunnel is a sensory experience that immerses you in the past. As you wade through the knee-deep water that still flows within the tunnel, you’re retracing the steps of those who tirelessly chiseled through the rock to ensure the city’s survival.


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Inscriptions: The Waters Speak:

While journeying through the tunnel, watch for ancient inscriptions etched into the stone walls. These inscriptions within the tunnel provide insights into the construction process and the cooperation of the two groups of workers who dug toward each other.


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Conrad Schick

A Connection to Ancient Inhabitants:

As you navigate Hezekiah’s Tunnel, envision the lives of the laborers who toiled to create this extraordinary passage. Their dedication, sweat, and shared purpose resonate through the tunnel’s walls, bridging the gap between the past and the present.



Symbolism and Spirituality:

Beyond its practical use, Hezekiah’s Tunnel also carries spiritual symbolism. Just as the waters of the tunnel once flowed to the Pool of Siloam, cleansing and renewing, the tunnel also becomes a metaphor for the passage from darkness to light, from challenge to triumph.


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The Siloam Inscription

The Intersection of History and Faith:

Hezekiah’s Tunnel is not merely a physical conduit but a bridge connecting history and faith. Its waters echo the stories of ancient kings, steadfast workers, and the enduring resilience of a city that evolved over centuries.


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Davidson Center Archaeological Park.

Departure with a New Perspective:

Leaving Hezekiah’s Tunnel, you emerge with a deeper connection to the layers of history that shape Jerusalem’s identity. The journey through the tunnel is more than just a walk—it’s a pilgrimage into the past, an immersion into the spirit of ingenuity, and a profound encounter with the heart of Jerusalem.

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Hi! My name is Arik, an Israeli native who dedicated his life to sharing my passion for the Holy Land with those interested in knowing more about this incredible piece of land. I’m the Chief Guide at ‘APT Private Tours in Israel’.

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