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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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  • The large tombs are cut out of the natural bedrock and bewilder viewers whether from a distance or up close. Believed by some to be Priests from the Jewish Temple which stood above on the aptly named ...  more »
  • This valley is between Old City of Jerusalem (Gate Lion) and Mount of Olives. Many tourists are in this part of the city.  more »
  • Kidron Valley is located between the Temple Mount and the Mount of olives. I came out of the old town through the gates and Rubbish through the Kedronskuju Valley went to the garden of Gethsemane. It's not very far. This Valley can be completed in 20 minutes. Kidron Valley is equally revered, and Muslims and Christians and Jews. The last judgment will take place here. This is an extraordinary place. Very impressive. In the Kidron Valley are the Muslim, Jewish and Christian cemeteries, as well as the famous ancient tomb of Absalom, Zacharias, sons of Hezira, the King of Iosofata. It's quiet and almost no people. I was one, and it was a little exciting find themselves in this place alone.
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