Zedekiah's Cave (Solomon's Quarries), Jerusalem

Categories: Caves, Nature & Parks
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4.3/5 based on 45 reviews on the web
Zedekiah's Cave — also called Solomon's Quarries — is a 5acre underground meleke limestone quarry that runs the length of five city blocks under the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was carved over a period of several thousand years and is a remnant of the largest quarry in Jerusalem, stretching from Jeremiah's Grotto and the Garden Tomb to the walls of the Old City. The cave has great importance to Freemasons.The 'cave' is open to the public Sunday through Thursday for a small admission fee and there are guided tours.NamesIn addition to Zedekiah's Cave and Solomon's Quarries, this site has been called Zedekiah's Grotto, Suleiman's Cave, the Royal Caverns, and Korah's Cave. The Arabic name Migharat al-Kitan, or "Cotton Cave", has also been used; the cavern is thought to have been once used as a storage place for cotton.GeographyThe entrance to Zedekiah's Cave is just beneath the Old City wall, between the Damascus and Herod Gates, about 500ft east of the former. Beyond the narrow entrance, the cave slopes down into a vast 300-foot-long auditorium-like chamber. Drops of water, known as “Zedekiah's tears”, trickle through the ceiling.Beyond the “auditorium” are a series of artificial galleries hewn by ancient stonecutters into chaotic, sometimes bizarre, patterns and formations. Paths give access to every corner of the quarry system, which takes at least 30 minutes to explore thoroughly. Chisel marks are visible in many sections and in some galleries huge, nearly finished building blocks destined for some long-ago structure are locked into the rock where the stonecutters left them centuries ago. In a few places the stones are marked by Arabic, Greek, Armenian and English charcoal and engraved graffiti (e.g., "W. E. Blackstone Jan. 1889"). Several plaques explaining some of the myriad legends associated with the site have been mounted on the cave walls.
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  • Near the gate of Damascus, is a cave with a few metres deep discovery in the middle of the 19th century. It is located under the Arab quarter. The limestone was excavated during thousands of years and was part of the largest quarry in Jerusalem. This site has a lot of importance to Masons and Masonic ceremonies were held there, in view of the importance attributed to King Solomon.
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  • 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, d...  read more »
  • The Temple of Solomon, when building was constructed as a stone in this place. Once inside very cool lighting facilities. Not much more anyone can see an amazing sight and a revamped. Not to necessarily time-consuming.
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  • Interesting and nice place - a cave with live music and performance. The cave was excavated during the Second Temple period in order to build a Temple. It is also called the Shlomo cave, however there no historical prove of it. The entrance fee - 10 NIS. The tunnels open for public are not long, but enough. It is a real shock to know that under the Old City of Jerusalem there are long caves! To stand there and imagine that above your head there are all those churches..!
  • A hidden gem! a humble green metal door leads to a HUGE underground cave that was probaboy casued by quarrying activity in ancient times.
  • short , but nice to see
  • Nice place
  • Great site! And it's also called Zedekiah's cave and the site is further east then where the Google maps locates it
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