City of David Jerusalem
History lives. The City of David encapsulates the Biblical City of Jerusalem where King David himself Roamed over 3,000 years ago. This outstanding Website brings remote visitors face to face with the Protagonists and locations of the living Bible.
Its fabulous visuals and the rich descriptions of the site In English, Spanish, Hebrew, French and Russian Bring to life the only place on earth where the only guidebook actually needed is the Bible itself.
The City of David is produced by a non-political and Nonreligious organization located in the heart of the Old City in Jerusalem. Guided tours, a 3D movie and A panoramic outlook of the town invite you to visit The City of David.
Welcome to the place where it all began... The story of the City of David Jerusalem began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel.
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Years later, David's son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac, and with it, this hilltop became one of the most important sites in the world.
The City of David, Jerusalem of ancient times, was located on a narrow ridge south of the present-day Old City

City Of David - The Discovery

In 1867 the British explorer Captain Charles Warren discovered an ancient underground water tunnel just outside the walls of the old city and just 500 feet from the Western Wall. Upon recognizing this to be remarkably similar to the underground water tunnel or "gutter" described in the Bible (2nd Book of Samuel Ch. 5) as used by King David's forces in the capture of Jerusalem, Captain Warren began archeological excavations that would later confirm that he had in fact just discovered "Biblical Jerusalem".

Captain Warren’s discovery launched a long line of excavations in the city and whet the appetite of numerous treasure hunters who came to the area seeking out the secrets and treasures of the "Bible".
Today, the story of the City of David continues. Deep underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. While above ground, the city is a vibrant center of activity with a visitor's center that welcomes visitors for an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written.
The tour of the City of David in Jerusalem begins with a breathtaking observation point overlooking Biblical Jerusalem which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham, when the first foundations of the city were laid. The journey quickly heads underground to some of the newest archaeological excavations at the site.
Here, while exploring the recently excavated fortresses and passageways, visitors relive King David's conquest of the Jebusite city as described in the 2nd Book of Samuel.
The underground tour finally ends at the Gihon Spring, the major water source of Jerusalem for over 1,000 years and where, according to the Book of Kings, Solomon was anointed king. Visitors seeking adventure can bring flashlights and wade through the spring in King Hezekiah's 2,700 year old water tunnel, one of the wonders of early engineering.

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Opening Hours at City of David National Park
All sites are closed on the Sabbath and Holidays.
  Winter Hours Summer Hours
Sunday - Thursday 8am - 5pm 8am - 7pm
Fridays and Holiday Eves 8am - 1pm 8am - 3pm
A tour through the City of David brings visitors face to face with the personalities and places of the Bible. As such, this is the only place on earth where the only guidebook needed is the Bible itself.

The City of David Today

Following the Six Day War Jerusalem was united and the boundary erased. However, a Jewish presence was missing from the City of David. Towards the end of the seventies, archaeological excavations in the City of David began, and continued for several seasons, under the directorship of Professor Yigal Shiloh discoveries and greatly expanded our current understanding of the City of David. Throughout the years, additional excavations have taken place which enriched our knowledge about the City of David. In 1991 the first Jewish residents began to return to live in the City of David and today the area is a thriving Jewish community. The purpose of the “City of David Visitors Center” is to bring as many people as possible to
visit the area and to experience the place… where it all began.
Excavations on the site of David's City have brought to light part of the Jebusite ramparts of 4000 years ago, Israelite houses and fortifications from the time of King David, as well as later walls and towers. Part of the underground water system, also still remains and is known as Warren's Shaft after the British archeologist who discovered it in 1867. This shaft gave the population of Israelite Jerusalem access to the waters of Gihon Spring even in times of war. Excavations have revealed remains of Canaanite settlements from before the time of King David, houses from the period of Judah's kings and remnants of what may have been David's citadel.
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