Today we travel back to the beginnings of Ancient Jerusalem at the City of David (2 Chronicles 32:1). Here we visit Hezekiah’s Tunnel, an extraordinary feat of engineering excavated as part of the defenses of the city against the Assyrian army in the 8th century B.C. We continue to the Southern Steps at the Davidson Center. Among the many important findings are the walls of the city from the First Temple period, the steps leading up to the Temple, the original street from the time of the Second Temple period, shops and ritual baths. Today’s touring ends, past the Western Wall, with a walk through the Western Wall Tunnels, which extend under the perimeters of the Temple Mount. The excavations have revealed immense stone courses of the Wall – carefully carved and incredibly well preserved, ancient water pits and an ancient water tunnel from the Hasmonean period that was blocked by Herod when he expanded the site of the Temple Mount.
-Overnight in Jerusalem