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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