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“The grandest and most unique Jerusalem tomb” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kidron Valley

Kidron Valley
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US$29.25*
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Tel Aviv Private Transfer: Ashdod Port to Central Tel Aviv
Ranked #81 of 301 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Separating the City of Jerusalem and Mount of Olives, this valley contains many ancient tombs such as those of Absalom, St. James, St. Zacharias and Jehoshaphat.
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“The grandest and most unique Jerusalem tomb”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2014

Although the Tomb of Absolom is in a desperate state, filled with construction and other garbage, it was nonetheless interesting to take a walk in this ancient cemetery.

We absolutely enjoyed getting out of the Old City (Dung gate, near the Western Wall) and taking a pleasant walk through the Valley. You can take as little as or long as you prefer for this nature walk.

Being armed with some information on the significance of this place definitely helps to get more out of the experience of being there.

Google some of the old photos of the site, quite interesting. Also, I have found the following sites informative:

http://www.itsgila.com/highlightsabsalom.htm

http://alt-arch.org/en/graveyard_metropolis/

http://tfba.co/content/index.php/projects/34-tomb-of-absalom

Visited February 2014
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“Walk through the centuries”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 June 2014

It's an awesome walk from the southern side of the Jerusalem old town (the Western Wall Plaza), down into the Kidron Valley and across to the Mount of Olives. Wear comfortable walking shoes and make sure you have several hours (maybe even a half day), and enjoy the walk through history!

Visited January 2014
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“Walk where Jesus walked”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

My wife and I visited Jerusalem in May 2014. The Kidron valley, a place of olive groves and ancient tombs, divides Jerusalem's Mount Moriah from the Mount of Olives. After the Last Supper, Jesus crossed the valley with His disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane. Then, after was betrayed, He was brought back the same way to the house of the high priest. Proceeding along the Kidron Valley, four monuments stand out on the left, each facing towards Mount Moriah. They are the pillar of Absalom - King David's son. Behind the pillar of Absalom is a first century burial cave called the tomb of Jehosaphat, the fourth king of Judah. Next is the tomb of the sons of Hezir. The last tomb is the tomb of Zechariah. Zehariah was the father of John the Baptist. From this vantage point you get a good view of the Mount of Olives.

Visited May 2014
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“Go here if you want to get all biblical.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2014

Referred to in over half the books in the Bible, Kidron valley forms the eastern boundary of the city of David/old city of Jerusalem. The valley is completely undeveloped and presumably looks much the same as it did 2000 years ago. Across the valley are ancient jewish tombs since the dead could not be buried within the city. Higher up the Mount of Olives is the famous cemetery.

It is here that Jesus walked from the last supper to Gethsemane, then back after his arrest. They take their hills seriously here! Combined with the lack of sleep you can really understand how worn out he would have been during the proceedings the following day.

Visited March 2014
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“Rural Jerusalem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

In between visits to the many important buildings in both the Old and New Jerusalem which together comprise present day Jerusalem a visit to the Kidron Valley is as close to visiting biblical Jerusalem as one can get.

The first time I walked through the valley I met an elderly Arab tending a herd of goats ! Through hand gestures I asked if I could give the rest of the pastry I was eating to an inquisitive member of his flock . Smiling, he agreed. It was the highlight of my walk and set the tone for all furure trips here.

While easier to walk on, the new pathway detracts from the 'natural' feel that was present years ago before its installation. This past August coming in from the western end I saw some boys and a single goat up on the hills near scrub vegetation. This being said access is best from the Jericho end, south of Gethsemane. Never crowded, one is free to wander its length at one's own pace.

The tombs are awe inspiring up close and it is fun to try and reconstruct in one's mind how other graves and things must have looked. If possible walk as far as the Pool of Siloam and take in its signifigance if you are not planning on navigating to this spot from the Hezekiah's Tunnel tour.

Being in the valley and gazing up at both the Mount of Olives and the walls of the Old city gives one a sense of how very hilly the whole area was in the past before the accumulated detritus filled the valleys over the centuries. The grasping of this concept is of particular importance when one is walking within the Old city.

Wear sensible (and comfortable) running shoes and bring a hat and water on warm days or a warm jacket on cool ones as it is literally an uphill hike. But what a rush you get when you look back from the City of David and realize that you have just done what our ancient Prophets must have done on a regular basis on their way into the Old city. It being still further up yet another hill !

Read up on it's history and signifigance in advance. Ask for a map at the Jaffa Gate tourist office. Take many pictures as you will want to relive your adventure back home as you plan your return trip to Jerusalem.

Visited August 2013
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