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Sites in Jerusalem

Map of Jerusalem

The Old City and surrounding area

Sites

The Golden Gate

The Mercy Gate
Apparently built during the Byzantine period and sealed by the Muslims during the 16th century. Christian belief is that the gate will reopen upon the second coming of Christ.

The Dormition Abbey

The Dormition Church
According to Christian tradition, this is the site where the Virgin Mary fell into eternal sleep (died), as its name suggests. In the crypt of the church lies a statue of the Virgin Mary symbolizing the eternal sleep. The Church was built on the remains of two churches from two
The Dormition Church
different periods: a church called Hagia Maria Zion that once stood on this spot during the Byzantine period and another church called Santa Maria in Monte Zion that was established on this site in the 12th century during the Crusader period. The modern church was completed in
The Dormition Church
1910. The church is owned by the German Benedictine Order.

The Gihon Spring

The Spring House
The Gihon Spring was the only source that provided water to the city of David and The Pool of Siloam. The spring was surrounded by a fortress and a tower to protect them from potential enemies. The spring was also the location of the anointing of the kings of the House of David (Kings I 1:38, the anointment of King Solomon).

Hezekiah's Tunnel

The City of David
In the 8th century B.C., King Hezekiah decided to protect the water of Jerusalem from the approaching Assyrian army. A tunnel was dug to divert the waters of the Gihon to a reservoir within the city walls on the
The City of David
southwestern side of the City of David. (Chronicles II 32:30). Today you can walk through the tunnel. It is 533 meter long and takes about 45 minutes of walking through water approximately knee high.

Pool of Siloam

The City of David
The waters of the Gihon Spring exit Hezekiah's tunnel and are channeled into a pool called Siloam. Once constructed, this became the primary water source for the residents of Jerusalem.
The City of David
During the Second Temple Period it was a large pool surrounded by porticoes. In John 9: 1-7, Jesus heals a man born blind by the Pool of Siloam.

The Walls of the Old

The Old City
The Walls of the Old City were built by the Turkish sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the early 16th century. The walls follow almost the same route as the Hadrian walls built in the 2nd century A.D. The walls are about 4 km long and 12 meters high.
The Old City
Suleiman wanted the walls to protect Jerusalem from all sides and according to a legend his architects failed to include Mount Zion within the City Walls. As a result, Suleiman had the architects beheaded and they were buried immediately inside Jaffa Gate, behind railing on the left of the entrance.

Zedekiah's Cave

Solomon's Quarries
This is an enormous underground limestone quarry under the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. The entrance to the site is outside the Old City walls between Damascus Gate and Herod’s Gate.
Solomon's Quarries
The most popular legend about the cave is that it served as the quarry for King Solomon’s First Temple. The Quarry is also known as Zedekiah's Cave named after Zedekiah - the last king of Judea who, according to a legend hid here during the Babylonian conquest of Jerusalem in 586 BC.