Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel

Hezekiah's Tunnel - Siloam Tunnel
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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...
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  • melissasandstrom
    Orlando, Florida156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun adventure for the kids
    This place is so cool! You will get tickets and start on your journey down into the tunnel. You will walk and take stairs to the tunnel. They said the water was much higher than it really was. They said thigh high (I’m 5,6) the entrance was a little deep (you could roll your shorts up) the rest of the way ankle deep. My 3 year old walked the whole way. It’s only about a 20 min walk. There was no one in front and no one in back. If you are claustrophobic this is NOT for you. And watch out for your head bc the tunnel gets low and you have to walk bending down. I hit my head a few times. The tunnel was fun bc we would close the lights off and it would be pitch black. After you do the tunnel you can pay 7 shekels for a ride back to the entrance or tale the same route you just did but with lights-land-and no water. Took us 20 min to walk back-stairs and all. Like underground. It was such a fun time for my kids ages 13,11,10,8,5,and 3. I would definitely recommend. It’s close to the western wall so we did that and then came here. Bring water shoes but no need to bathing suit
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 July 2023
  • realtangobabe
    71 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take care if you have a bad back
    My husband decided to walk the wet tunnel and I decided to walk the dry tunnel as I was worried about hurting my back due to the height of the tunnels. My husband loved the experience but said there was about an 8 minute stretch where he really had to bend over. So if you are short or tall which no back issues we highly recommend. The dry tunnel was only 2-3 minutes long.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 18 September 2023
  • R B
    United States2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walking through history.
    Walking through history but watch your step. Prepare for the spring water to be cold. Bring a waterproof flashlight. Do not wear flip-flop or shoes that will come off while walking as you are walking through water from ankle to thigh depth. There are potholes where you could twists an ankle, this isn’t for those who have difficulty walking. There are narrows and areas that require sidesteping, bending and stooping. We will do it again.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 January 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA38,692 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The 2,000 year old walls of the City of David told us the story of the kings, the battles of Jerusalem, and the ingenuity of Jerusalem’s citizens who had built the tunnels to fill huge cisterns with water, the most vital thing they desperately needed. They were building Hezekiah’s tunnel coming from both sides in the dark, heat and humidity, finally met each other, and witnessed the water flowing into the tunnel to quench the city’s thirst.

It was a fascinating experience, but not an easy one on a sunny 74F day, many ups and downs on the metal stairs, and extremely narrow tunnels to pass. We took the dry route, Siloam Tunnel, and others took the wet one (Hezekiah’s Tunnel), which presumably is more interesting, but you have to walk in the water up to your knees and with a flashlight. The Siloam Tunnel is well lit, but very narrow and might be hard for people with disabilities.

There is another tunnel (500 m) we took to come back to the visitors center from the Pool of Siloam, the final stop of the City of David Tour. That’s entirely avoidable: you can take a shuttle, but we felt adventurous and decided to explore this narrow tunnel with very low ceiling. Well, how often in your life do you get a chance to walk in the 2,000 year old tunnel, so why not?😊
Written 18 April 2023
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melissasandstrom
Orlando, FL156 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
This place is so cool! You will get tickets and start on your journey down into the tunnel. You will walk and take stairs to the tunnel. They said the water was much higher than it really was. They said thigh high (I’m 5,6) the entrance was a little deep (you could roll your shorts up) the rest of the way ankle deep. My 3 year old walked the whole way. It’s only about a 20 min walk. There was no one in front and no one in back. If you are claustrophobic this is NOT for you. And watch out for your head bc the tunnel gets low and you have to walk bending down. I hit my head a few times. The tunnel was fun bc we would close the lights off and it would be pitch black.
After you do the tunnel you can pay 7 shekels for a ride back to the entrance or tale the same route you just did but with lights-land-and no water. Took us 20 min to walk back-stairs and all. Like underground.
It was such a fun time for my kids ages 13,11,10,8,5,and 3. I would definitely recommend. It’s close to the western wall so we did that and then came here. Bring water shoes but no need to bathing suit
Written 18 July 2023
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Carol D
Overland Park, KS1,474 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Part of our tour of the City of David is a walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel. There are actually two tunnel options "wet" and "dry." Apparently the dry tunnel is more recent discovery compared to the "wet" tunnel. If you do the wet tunnel, quick dry pants, water shoes and flash light is a must. If you are claustrophobic, this is not a tour for you. Water comes up to 70 cm (in some spots). I am 5'7 and the highest it came up to me is mid thigh. Most of the time it was just above the ankle. You do need a flash light (head light or light to attach to body somewhere) because there is no lights in the tunnel. However everyone in our group had lights and it was pretty well lit when our tour when through. Water was cool, but you got use to it pretty quick. There are places where we had to bend over to cross, but I would say the majority of the time, I was standing straight up. Once out you end up at the Pool of Siloam also a more recent find. My understanding from those that took the dry tunnel is that it does have lights so no flash light is included and there were some narrow spots (turn side ways) area. It was a fun and different experience.
Written 9 March 2020
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ChrisJS51
Sevenoaks, UK483 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
You can either walk down the steep hill to the Pool of Siloam, or wade waist-deep through Hezekiah's tunnel to get there. Authentic way that the ancients got water to Jerusalem. The Pool of Siloam is memorabkle because it is mentioned in the Bible but, until relatively recently, nobody knew where it was and some people considered it to be a myth!
Written 26 February 2020
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R B
United States2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Friends
Walking through history but watch your step. Prepare for the spring water to be cold. Bring a waterproof flashlight. Do not wear flip-flop or shoes that will come off while walking as you are walking through water from ankle to thigh depth. There are potholes where you could twists an ankle, this isn’t for those who have difficulty walking. There are narrows and areas that require sidesteping, bending and stooping. We will do it again.
Written 15 January 2024
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246hughw
Bristol, UK19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
well worth a walk through this tunnel, a real feat of engineering in its day. a warning however, it is not for you if you are claustrophobic! it is very narrow in places and also very low in places. There is no lighting so you will need a torch and footwear that you don't mind getting wet.
Written 24 February 2020
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MarEtMo
Pittsburgh, PA6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
It was my second time this year. We visited Hezekiah's tunnel in January 2022 and again in December 2022. The path splits about halfway down and you can choose the dry path or go through the original water passage. Two of our group of 9 took the water pathway. The two girls loved it! Both paths are narrow but well worth all the steps down. Hard to imagine the time it took to dig the tunnel out or daily going this route to get water and then return up the narrow tunnel carrying water. . This is a must-see while in Israel!! I'm 70 and I will do this again if I'm blessed to return.
Written 23 December 2022
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,757 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Exciting adventure exploring this ancient and significant water supply system excavated under the reign of King Hezekiah in the 8th century BC. We deviated our journey from Hezekiah's Tunnel which was flowing with cold water, to the adjoining and dry Canaanite Tunnel, still an impressive marvel and hiking adventure. Those with physical limitations should not attempt a tour of either tunnel. We found this to be an exciting experience, revealing an interesting aspect of Jewish cultural history.
Written 19 November 2020
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Steve D
Chesterton, IN323 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is very well done and presented. It is amazing to think that so many thousands of years ago that they would undertake this feat. It puts a different perspective on how smart the current age is. There are two ways to go through dry or wet. Be prepared for some wet travel with water shoes and shorts if going through the wet.
Written 1 March 2020
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Giselle W
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
I visited this back in the 1960s and still remember it well, utterly fascinating. So much so that I still remember it very clearly. Highly recommended to anyone with an interest in history, biblical or otherwise. I was a bit scared splashing through the narrow tunnel but thrilled to know that my feet were traveling a path that others have been following for nearly three thousand years. I wore waterproof shoes and shorts but didnt think of my handbag, which got soaked, ruining my passport. In these days of the backpack this is probably no longer a problem.
Written 5 June 2020
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