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Immediately outside the Old City's Dung Gate, overlooking the Kidron Valley that separates the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives, runs a ridge called the Ophel - which so happens to be the location of the true heart of ancient Jerusalem, the ruins of the city's original fortifications before the center of city life shifted to the area of what is now the Old City.
Long ongoing excavations on the Ophel have uncovered the remnants of buildings dating back to Jebusite and Israelite Jerusalem in the tenth century BCE, which have been dubbed the City of David - though as of yet, none of the monumental discoveries have been definitively tied to the Davidic monarchy by name.
Still, this was the seat of civil authority in ancient Israel, the center of the Bible's many tales of royal intrigue and foreign conquest. Archaeology buffs wanting to experience the "Older" City of Jerusalem and uncover traces of the city's monarchic past would do well to sign onto this guided English language tour of the City of David site - indeed, many of the City's finds, though of massive archaeological importance, require a trained eye to help explain.
On this tour, you'll be able to experience:
An exciting three-dimensional presentation
An unforgettable view of Jerusalem, the City of David and the city's borders from the site's Observation Deck
Area G, the royal compound of First Temple Jerusalem
Warren's Shaft, the hewn underground tunnels that connected the citadel to the Gihon, the city's water source
The recently-discovered Siloam Pool of the Second Temple Period
The group meets at the Visitors' Center at the entrance to the City of David. Please arrive 15 minutes before the official tour start time.
The City of David offers three unique tour routes:
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.
Guided Family Tours of Biblical Jerusalem:
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.
Magical evening tours of the place where it all began in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. 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. After the tour, you will be treated to coffee and the sound of harp music in the King's Garden.
Ascend to Zion: Adult: 60 NIS | Senior or child: 45 NIS ; Online orders: Adult: 57 NIS | Senior or child: 43 NIS
Family Guided Tours of Biblical Jerusalem: Adult: 60 NIS | Senior or child: 45 NIS ; Online orders: Adult: 57 NIS | Senior or child: 43 NIS
Enchanted Jerusalem: Adult: 45 NIS | Senior or child: 35 NIS ; Online orders: Adult: 43 NIS | Senior or child: 33 NIS
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