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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  • The Kidron Valley separates the Mount of olives (to the East) and the Temple Mount (to the West). The drop is deep enough. You can take the steep slopes at the foot of the city walls or around the Jewish cemetery, but the most convenient access is to take the pedestrian path that opens near the Basilica of the agony of Christ. Great place of biblical history, the Kidron Valley retains some beautiful ancient monumental tombs.
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  • You will walk around tombs abd mausoleuns with 2000 years or more. Worth to have some extra source of information so you can understand to whose each mausoleum is thought to belong. If you go there, e...  more »
  • Kidron Valley begins and originates in hyrcania and the oacha copies. Stream stream sewage and the PA in the near future, which will be eliminated from it. The entrance in 4WD the old village Kedar (Kedar South) decreased relative to the paved road the Creek. Travelling along the channel is on a dirt road that includes several crossings of the channel. Further it is possible to Mar Saba monastery or continue on ridge axis Mar Saba to hyrcania fortress and hyrcania Valley. The track ends on inside aim Nabi Musa and Jerusalem-dead sea road (route 1).
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