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“The Original, Oldest City in Jerusalem”

Jerusalem Walls - City of David National Park
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City of David and Underground Jerusalem Day Tour
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Guided Tour of Jerusalem: The Biblical City of David
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US$11.50*
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Underground Tour: From the City of David to the Western Wall
Ranked #16 of 310 things to do in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Much of the Bible was written here, where kings and prophets walked. During your visit you will see walls and towers that protected the city from its enemies and discover its water systems.
Reviewed 8 December 2013

The City of David is the site of the original city of Jerusalem conquered by King David. It is located just south of the Old City of Jerusalem, perhaps a minute south of the Dung Gate.

It is a fascinating site. The tour took us through an active archaelogical dig, where the inhabitants lived almost 3000 years ago. The guide was well armed with much information about the buildings and artifacts. There is a reasonable admission fee, which included a guided tour and the tunnels.

The highlight of the tour is the walk / wading through King Hezekiah's tunnels. The City of David had a water source at the foot of the valley, exposed to the invading Assyrians. Hezekiah had his engineers tunnel with bronze age tools, from opposite ends, a 1,750 foor tunnel to divert the water supply. It is mind boggling that they were able to meet up in the middle to complete the tunnel. The tunnel still today has the water / spring flowing through it, and you get to walk through it as part of the tour. The water level starts off about thigh high, but after a minute it lowers to the knee and then the ankles for the balance of the walk. It was a fantastic, hands on experience. Bring your water shoes. We bought little flashlights (hand or clip on for ballcaps) at the gift shop, one for 3 people was fine. Water shoes and crocs are also for sale at the gift shop if you forget. If you have infants or just don't want to get wet, there is a much shorter, dry Canaanite era tunnel you can walk instead. The water tunnel is Highly recommended otherwise.

This is an often overlooked attraction in Jerusalem, but really should not be missed. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 7 December 2013

Tucked away in a part of Jerusalem that you will never go to unless you know its there, the City of David is a fascinating, living archaeological park with ruins dating back more than 3000 years. Highlights include the incredible water tunnels - one dry and one with up to 70cms of water. I was there twice in 6 months and they had opened a whole new viewing area in that time. They are constantly uncovering new finds and opening them to the public for viewing. If you are fit, the Herodian street that leads from the bottom of the hill to inside the Old City is a tough walk, but well worth it.

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Reviewed 3 December 2013

The whole city of David should not be missed. The movie is great and their guides I. English are good. See the remains of the Israelites. Your ticket will also gain you entrance to Hezekiahs tunnel

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Reviewed 2 December 2013

Amazing Adventure. if you are with kids or teenager and if you are not its a must !
The memory will remain long after you will be home.
The attraction is combination between museum & Disney .

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Reviewed 26 November 2013

Very informative, and definitely worth visiting if you are doing a walking tour of the city as I did with my friends. Did not do the paid tour part - just the one that is free.

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