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Kidron Valley, Jerusalem

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The Kidron Valley is the valley on the eastern side of The Old City of Jerusalem, separating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives. It continues east through the Judean Desert in the West Bank, towards the Dead Sea, descending 4000 feet along its 20-mile course. The settlement Kedar, located on a ridge above the valley, is named after it. The neighborhood of Wadi al-Joz bears the valley's Arabic name. The Hebrew Bible calls it Emek Yehoshafat, the "Valley of Jehoshaphat". It appears in Jewish eschatologic prophecies, which include the return of Elijah, followed by the arrival of the Messiah, and the War of Gog and Magog and Judgment Day.The central point of reference for the Kidron Valley is its confluence of Jerusalem’s richest concentration of rock-hewn tombs. This area, located on the periphery of the village Silwan, was one of the main burial grounds of Jerusalem in the Second Temple Period. Several of these tombs were also used later in time, either as burial or as shelters for hermits and monks of the large monastic communities, which inhabited the Kidron Valley. The ancient tombs in this area attracted the attention of ancient travelers, most notably Benjamin of Tudela.
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  • usually not to busy, close to the old city, lovely roman tombs interesting history of the jewish cemetary the trail starts at mount scopus and goes all the way to the city of david so it is a nice hik...  more »
  • Was lovely walking the steps of the Kidron Valley which is on the eastern side of the old city of Jerusalem seperating the Temple Mount from the Mount of Olives.The Kidron also has some tombs like the...  more »
  • The Kidron Valley separates the old city and the mount of olives, the valley is clear to see and very moving when you think of it in its biblical context. A must see. You can stand at the Mount of Oli...  more »