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

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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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  • הייתי ממליץ לקרוא מעט על המקום לפני שמגיעים, ואם אתם מגיעים לסיור מודרך אז בכלל זה חגיגה כי יש המון סיפורים מפתיעים על המקום על אופן גילויו ועל השימושים בו. מחצבות בבית המקדש הראשון וכנראה גם השני. מא...  more »
  • A large cavity that extends under the Muslim quarter. Vaguely reminiscent of the Naples underground. From here were drawn the blocks for the building of the first temple. There is also a small underground spring (polluted) called "Zedekiah's Tears". P.s. In winter inside more descend more feels a warm exaggerated
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  • I highly recommend visiting this place. This exceptional, very unusual place where quarried stone for the construction in Jerusalem and the temple.
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  • Amazing place! an hour of magical journey
  • Zedekiah's Cave is a little off the beaten track for most tourists, but what is special about this site is its sheer vastness - the little entrance gives no hint about the huge caverns that lie below. Wander underneath the Old City and marvel at its sheer size.
  • 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..!
  • Amazing, Hard to believe I didn't know of this place before
  • Very cool place!