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Zedekiah's Cave (Solomon's Quarries)

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Address: near Damascus Gate., Jerusalem, Israel
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Dating back nearly 2,000 years, this quarry is one of the largest found in...

Dating back nearly 2,000 years, this quarry is one of the largest found in Israel.

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Underground cave/quarry

Located under the Muslim Quarter, accessed from outside of the Old City near Damascus gate. A downward sloped path. Wear sturdy shoes. It can be slippery in... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 October 2016
Ann C
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Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

Located under the Muslim Quarter, accessed from outside of the Old City near Damascus gate. A downward sloped path. Wear sturdy shoes. It can be slippery in spots. Respite from the sun. It was fun to explore. Detailed English brochure was provided at the ticket booth. Cost: 16NIS ($4.15 USD)

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Centurion, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I was just amazed at this place. It made my mind work overtime just to figure out how did King Solomon and his workers cut and removed the stone from this cave to built the 1st Temple. A must see for everyone

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Wear good runners, not for the elderly. Very rugged and once you reach the end, you must come back the same way. Quite the caves and very interesting history to it. But f you have mobility problems, do not risk it.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Huge man made cave going down under the Temple,,next by on the east of Nablus Gate,as a matter of fact it is subterranean quarry used by the builders of Jerusalem since King SolomonIt was cleaned and illuminated,check for concert times

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

If you stand in front of the Damascus Gate, watching into direction of the Old city, go left and after a short walk you will find this huge artificial cave. You won't find many people here, it's a good alternative, calm place in Jerusalem's old city.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2016

As an exchange student, I had spent months in Jerusalem already, done all the typical sights until I heard about thia one. So glad I did it! Saying it is massive, does not do it justice!! Contrary to other reviewers, I probably spent 40-45 mins in there. I had the whole thing to myself and took my time to explore... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2015

Exploration of the quarry really connects you to the past construction of the city. The chisel marks match the stones on the streets and ancient sights above. Bring a flashlight for a better experience.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2015

When Solomon's Temple was built, it's said that the sound of chisels cutting the stones was not heard anywhere in Jerusalem. One legend relates it was because the shamir was used---a mythical creature whose "glance" could cut stone. The other explanation is that the stones were cut from under the ground, from the bedrock, thus shielding the sounds of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2015 via mobile

Limited information provided against the 16 nis admission. Interesting to make a short detour under the old city. Gives some perspective of the source of the hystoric bricks. Spend some time in the spacious hall.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

To walk through these caves which served as a quarry for the building of the Old City is amazing. The caves stretch far under the city and are a testament to the achievement that lay above it.

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