City of David

City of David

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About

Although the Old City of Jerusalem is suffused with an air of great antiquity, the Canaanites who founded the city and the Israelites who made it the center of the world's first monotheistic religion would find it utterly unfamiliar – and not just on account of the roving bands of Japanese tourists taking pictures of the informational placards in front of sites of interest.

 

 

The Old City of Jerusalem is built vaguely along the lines of the Roman city Aeolia Capitolina, built over the smoking rubble of Jerusalem in the wake of the failure of the Great Revolt in 70 CE. The Jerusalem of the Jebusites, the Jerusalem of David and Solomon, occupied a different piece of real estate that's not even enclosed by the Old City's (Ottoman-era) walls. Exiting the Old City through the Dung Gate brings you to a ridge overlooking the steep plunge into the Kidron Valley. It is this ridge, called the Ophel, upon which ancient Jerusalem was founded. And it is here on the Ophel that archaeologists unearthed the City of David.

 

Unfortunately, the ruins of ancient Jerusalem have not weathered the past 3,000 years particularly well, which makes exploring the City of David something of an exercise in using one's imagination – but what the City of David lacks in grandeur, it makes up for in significance. The remnants of the towers which steadfastly guarded the Citadel atop the Ophel can be clearly seen, and the site gives excellent views of the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley, with the beginnings of the Judean Desert just over the hills to the east.

 

For more information about our other activities, including Segway tours and archaeological experiences please see the City of David's website. Prior registration for tours is advised as space is limited.

Facilities
  • Paid Parking
  • Kids friendly

Admission

Adult  - 29 NIS

Child(5-18), senior citizen 15 NIS

This week at City of David

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Family Tours of Biblical Jerusalem at the City of David
 
Tour the heart of ancient Jerusalem, the city of kings and prophets, where books of the Bible were written.
 
Pass through the underground tunnels through which the city was conquered and residents fled. Go down to the hidden spring where kings were coronated. Walk in illuminated darkness through the water of Hezekiah's Tunnel, where water has flowed since the time of the prophets. Join the mysterious, magical journey between ancient shafts, walls and fortresses at the City of David, the place where Jerusalem was born.
 
Tour Track 
 
A guided tour of the City of David includes:
 
A panoramic view of the surrounding area
Dr. Mazar's Palace Excavation- an impressive structure from the period of the Judean kings.
The Royal Acropolis (Area G) and remnants of remarkable homes from the Biblical Period.
The underground water system from the time of Abraham including recent discoveries of the Canaanite fortress that guarded ancient Jerusalem's main water source- the Gihon Spring.
 
Essential Information 
 
Tour length is 2 hours.
For those that choose to walk through Hezekiah's Tunnel (water tunnel), the tour is 3 hours long.
Enjoy our coffee & snack shop as well as a gift shop with unique souvenirs, books and jewelry.
The Old City is closed off to private vehicles.
In order to reach the City of David by foot, exit the Old City via the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Western Wall Plaza. Turn left and shortly after (around 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side.
English Guided Tours
 
Winter Schedule 
Sun - Thur 10:00, 14:00, Friday 10:00
 
Summer Schedule
Sun - Thur 10:00, 16:00, Friday 10:00
 
For more information call 
02-626-8700
www.cityofdavid.org.il
 

Ascend to Zion: 

 
Jerusalem during the Second Temple Period was an impressive and beautiful city of international importance. Many remnants of these glory days can be seen at the City of David. You are invited to join us on an incredible tour in the footsteps of the architects and builders of the city, to touch the recent archaeological discoveries, to be amazed by the remains of the Shiloach Pool and the recently discovered Herodian Road which will lead you in the footsteps of the Second Temple pilgrims from the City of David to the Temple Mount. Come learn about Jerusalem's hidden secrets.
 
Tour Track:
 
*Start Point: City of David- Visitors Center
 
*Panoramic View, Dr. Mazar's Palace Excavations, the Shiloah Pool, the Herodian Road and the most 
recently discovered water channel that ran beneath the road.
 
*The tour is only for groups who reserve ahead of time
 
*End Point: The Archaeological Park- Davidson Center
 
Essential Information:
 
*Enjoy our coffee & snack shop as well as a gift shop with unique souvenirs, books and jewelry.
*There are a number of steps at the site
*The Old City is closed off to private vehicles.
*In order to reach the City of David by foot, exit the Old City via the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Western Wall Plaza. Turn left and shortly after (around 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side.
*There are storage lockers at the site for your convenience at a cost of 10 nis. We apologize but there is no room to store baby carriages.
*Transportation is available at the end of the tour to take you to the starting point. Cost- 5 NIS
 
English guided tours:
 
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00
 

Enchanted Jerusalem

 
***This tour takes place on Thursday evenings only***
 
Magical evening tours of the place where it all began in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The night tour begins with a breathtaking night overlook from our "Beit Hatzofeh" lookout point which emphasizes the unique, low position of the biblical City of David in comparison with Jerusalem's Old City walls. You will see the city in all its panoramic night-time glory and view the impressive 3D movie. You will visit "King David's Palace" and the Royal Administrative Center where you will see an impressive outdoor sound and light show.
 
Tour Track:
 
*Start Point: City of David- Visitors Center
*Roof of Beit Hatzofeh - a breathtaking overview of the borders of the City of David.
*An impressive 3D show.
*Area G - the Royal Acropolis of the First Temple period.
*The King's Palace - new archaeological discoveries from the days of King David.
Light and sound show projected on the artifacts.
*End Point: City of David- Visitors Center
 
Essential Information:
 
*Suitable for ages 16 and older
*Tour is 1 ½ hours long.
*Enjoy our coffee & snack shop as well as a gift shop with unique souvenirs, books and jewelry.
*The Old City is closed off to private vehicles.
*In order to reach the City of David by foot, exit the Old City via the Dung Gate (the gate closest to the Western Wall Plaza. Turn left and shortly after (around 50 meters), make a right. The entrance to the City of David will be on your left hand side.
*There are storage lockers at the site for your convenience at a cost of 10 NIS.
*We apologize but there is no room to store baby carriages.
 
English guided tours:
 
Thursdays at 21:00
 

Go With the Flow - Follow the Water to Jerusalem: 
 
Hasmonean Aqueduct Tour in Armon Hanatziv
 
More than two thousand years ago, two long and magnificent aqueducts were constructed to bring water from the Pools of Solomon (near Bethlehem) to the Temple.
 
Guests will enjoy incredible views of Ancient Jerusalem from various key vantage points along the Armon Hanatziv Promenade and discuss the importance of the water system that Herod built south of Jerusalem. Illuminated only by flashlights, we will descend deep underground to explore the remnants of the Lower Aqueduct and discover the historical significance of these mighty water works.
 
Essential Information 
 
The aqueduct is dry. Water no longer flows through it.
The tour is fun and challenging and appropriate for those that enjoy walking.
Not recommended for claustrophobic individuals or pregnant women
Baby carriers are not permitted.
Flashlights are necessary. (They can be purchased onsite)
 
Hebrew Guided tours: This tour takes place in Hebrew only
Click "order tickets" above to see available dates and times.
 
For more information call 02-626-8700 | www.cityofdavid.org.il
 

The Temple Mount Sifting Project

 
Sift through rubble that originated in ancient buildings from the First and Second Temple Periods and learn about the findings from archaeologists and expert guides at the site. Fun for the whole family!
 
Sifting takes place Sunday Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. 
The tour consists of half an hour of instruction and one hour of sifting. 
It is possible to arrive in a private car and park in the Beit Orot / Hebrew University Parking Lots.
 
Essential Information 
 
*Advanced registration recommended.
*The Information Center and activities take place at Emek Tzurim.
*Public Transportation to Hebrew University will drop you near the site. Bus lines 4, 19 23, 26, 28, 30, 48.
*Ample parking is available in the Beit Orot Parking Lot (near the Mormon University) and in the parking lots of Hebrew University.
*As the site is located on the slope of the mountain, one must descend multiple stairs to reach the Sifting Project.
 

 

 

 

The City of David invites you to experience the hidden treasure of the lesser known yet magnificently beautiful paths opposite the Armon Hanatziv Promenade under the canopy of trees in the Peace Forest.
 
Our Segway tour offers guests a nature experience in the heart of a sprawling city. Enjoy the breathtaking views and peaceful atmosphere of Armon Hanatziv's landscape with Ancient Jerusalem unfolding to the north and the City of David standing at its center. Special package deals for companies and organizations that provide fun and group bonding through Segway tours, paintball and more!
 
For information and reservations: Netanel- 054-3316613 | netanel@cod.org.il
 
Tour Track
 
We will set out from the Peace Forest to the Haas Promenade, and continue to the Goldman Promenade. We will be enchanted by an impressive view to the east toward the Judean Desert from the Goldman panorama, and then travel west to the Sherover Promenade. 
 
Our path is comprised of beautiful side roads free of vehicle traffic, which run along the promenades that stretch the length of the mountain ridge. The guided tour offers information about relevant historical topics and the breathtaking landscapes of Jerusalem.
 
Essential Information
 
*Our guests are invited to enjoy a quaint and shady area before they set out on their journey. *Restrooms are located nearby.
*Tour is 2 hours long 
*Tour is available to adults 18 and older. Children 16-18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.
*Advanced registration is required and is available online. 
*Ample parking available onsite.
*Meeting point for the tour is at the Peace Forest Educational Center located near Naomi Street in Abu Tor.. 
*Riding the Segway is prohibited for pregnant women or for individuals whose weight exceeds 115 kilograms (approximately 250 pounds).
*For reservations dial *6033 or +972-2-6268700.
 
Winter Schedule-
Sun- Thur 12:30 pm, Friday 9:00 am
 
Summer Schedule-
Sun- Thur 1:00 pm, Friday 13:00 pm
 
 
 
 
The City of David Visitors Center
 
Tel. 02-6268700 *6033
 
Fax. 02-6274365
 
E-mail: rcv@cod.org.il
 
Special price for reserving via internet: www.cityofdavid.org
 
We look forward to seeing you!
 
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