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Zedekiah's Cave (Solomon's Quarries)
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Ranked #110 of 315 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Dating back nearly 2,000 years, this quarry is one of the largest found in Israel.
Reviewed 10 February 2014

Should you consider visiting the Zedekiah's Cave and would like to get your money's worth, either do your own research on the significance of the place or try to see if they offer tours or come with a tour guide (admission fee 16 NIS). In one of the caves, the Masons held their meeting (an attraction factor for some).

Although there are posted signs, without background stories and facts its just a big hole in the ground and a cool reprieve from the heat. Otherwise, the only impressive things about it is that it still stands considering the the 1/2 million ton weight of the city above it.

Should you decide to visit, on a day with few other visitors, note the fading traffic noise and the sound of water droplets as you descend into the cave and are transferred into a different historical period. As you continue your descent, notice the section where the paths divide on your left - turn around and notice an old staircase leading someplace in the sectioned off part. TIP: bring a flashlight as the cave is only lighted in areas open to visitors but it is also cool to see whats in other parts that are otherwise dark. When you reach the "tears fall" pause by it for 30 seconds to absorb the significance of the place or for a moment of quiet contemplation.

NOTE: There is a combo ticket that includes the Caves, Ramparts Walk or the Jerusalem City Walls (definitely recommended) and a few other attractions... definitely sold at the entrance to the Ramparts Walk which makes it a good deal if you want to see as much as you can.

5  Thank kitty567
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Reviewed 15 December 2013

We toured the caves a few years ago, they are truly amazing, but we were the only people touring the entire cave. There was absolutely no one else. It was actually a little unnerving. I would recommend it in a group or at a time that you think would be somewhat busy :)

2  Thank tantoria
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Reviewed 10 November 2013

An amazing hand-dug collection of huge galleries under the Old City. Quite a few steps - but then, that is Jerusalem! Astonishing to think that something this large can be carved under a city and the city continues to stand on top! You can see where the stone was carved in blocks from the walls and ceiling in places. Could almost house an entire city under here, it is so big. Goes on and on and on. Do not miss this one. Probably more spectacular than vital from a historical perspective - but well worth the visit. A great stop on a hot day.

5  Thank DuggysAdventures
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

What an amazing visit to these caves which are under the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. Worth a visit particularly in the middle of a hot day,

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Reviewed 27 April 2013

We visited the caves today, it is really odd to be walking in real caves underneath the old city and at the side of a major road in the centre of Jerusalem. The caves are well lit and easy to get around, and nice place to visit on a hot day. We had the place to ourselves, and it seemed a bit of a surprise to the guys at the door that we wanted to go in. We paid 16 shekels per person (about 3 euros) so seems okay value for about 45 minutes wandering around. It also has toilet facilities. Parts are closed off but a lot of it you can just wander around quite freely.

2  Thank PaulFraser
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