Continuing with my 1-minute video series on Israel, today’s video is a 1-minute clip of Hezekiah’s Tunnel in the City of David. The City of David is where King David lived. It is opposite the Old City of Jerusalem.
Something happened during the reign of King Hezekiah. He was about to be attacked by the Assyrians. The design of the water supply to the City of David was such that it was outside of the City – which meant that his enemies could have cut of his water supply. In response to this imminent danger, we read the following in 2 Chronicles 32:30
“This same Hezekiah also stopped the water outlet of Upper Gihon, and brought the water by the tunnel to the west side of the City of David….” 2 Chro 32:30
It was an ancient engineering feat. Hezekiah had two concurrent teams digging underground to divert the water flow.
These 2 teams were to meet underground. It is a wonder how they managed to do this without modern GPS and boring tools.
The even greater marvel is that this tunnel was so well constructed that it survived more than 2,700yrs as we have it today.
It takes about 20min to walk through this tunnel. I could not take any videos when I walked through it as the illumination required would have caused great discomfort to the other people with me. But as you can see from the photo, the path is narrow and goes really deep in. The water level of this underground spring goes to your thigh level at some points. As experienced by most of the travellers, it was a relief when they surfaced after 20min of walking through this tunnel. For all of them, it was indeed a worthwhile experience.
If you are in Jerusalem, this is a MUST-visit place. It is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Check out this 1-minute video to get a teaser of what you can expect. It is best that you go and experience this yourself. Please like and share this video. Thank you.