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The story of the City of David began over 3,000 years ago, when King David left the city of Hebron for a small hilltop city known as Jerusalem, establishing it as the unified capital of the tribes of Israel. Years later, David's son, King Solomon, built the First Temple next to the City of David on top of Mount Moriah, the site of the binding of Isaac, and with it, this hilltop became one of the most important sites in the world.

Today, the story of the City of David continues. Deep underground, the City of David is revealing some of the most exciting archeological finds of the ancient world. While above ground, the city is a vibrant center of activity with a visitor's center that welcomes visitors for an exciting tour to the site where much of the Bible was written.

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City of David - Round Up 2020

Thank you to all our friends for a great 2020 We look forward to hosting you at the City of David - the place where Jerusalem began.

Photo credit: The City of David Archive, Koby Harati, Eliyahu Yanai, Yaniv Nadav, Yonit Schiller, Yael HaEitan

Jay the Excavator - City of David

Meet Jay - one of the unique and fascinating excavators at the City of David!

Video Credit: Asaf Peri, City of David Archive

The City of David Uncovered - Episode 2

Footsteps from King David's Palace Excavation, along the slope of the City of David hilltop, lies the remnants of a neighborhood. Buried under layers of ash and rubble, fire marks and piles of pottery, First Temple period Jerusalem's most astounding artifacts remained frozen in time for over 2,600 years. The discoveries unearthed - clay seals with the names of Biblical figures, arrowheads from the battle over Jerusalem and even an ancient toilet - offer us more than just a view into the royal neighborhood of Biblical-era Jerusalem. It is a snapshot of history from the establishment of David's Kingdom, and the political sagas and betrayals of the Royal Government, to the series of events and battles that led to Jerusalem's destruction in 586 BCE. In those final moments, the city and this neighborhood were destroyed, and remained buried deep beneath the ground for centuries. Today we have returned to reveal and rebuild the Ancient City of David - the place where Jerusalem began.

Picture Credit: Koby Harati, City of David Archives. Video Credit: Amit Ben-Atar, City of David Archives

Tisha B'Av Special: Uncovering the Ashes of First Temple Period Jerusalem

Tonight begins the 9th of Av - the day we commemorate the destruction of the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem and the final moments of the most glorious periods in Jewish history.
In the City of David, the place where Jerusalem began, the evidence of those periods and their tragic end are being revealed, bringing to light all that was lost and the incredible endeavors to reveal and rebuild our beloved and eternal capital.

Video credit: Amit Ben Atar, City of David Archives. Photo credit: Koby Harati, City of David Archives

The Journey along the Pilgrimage Road in the City of David, the Heart of Ancient Jerusalem.

Visit the very thoroughfare used by the ancient Jews to ascend to the Temple thousands of years ago during the Passover festival. Archaeologically documented and with inscriptions that match names found in the Bible, the Pilgrimage Road is amongst the most significant discoveries in Jerusalem.


Underground Journey from the City of David to the Temple Mount Foundation Stones

We are excited to take you on an unforgettable journey from the City of David to the Foundation Stones of the Temple Mount.
Please join the City of David's Oriya and Doron as they explore the underground pathways of Ancient Jerusalem.

Video credit: Asaf Peri

Discover the Historical Site of Hell

Deep in the Biblical Valley, at the lowest point in Jerusalem, lies the ancient Valley of Hinnom - the historical site of hell. Are you brave enough to go down? Join Doron and James as they journey into the depths and emerge into the light?

Video Credit: Amit Ben Atar: City of David Archives Picture Credit: Max Richardson - City of David Archives


Jerusalem Day Special: The City of David From Above, 1967-2020

This Jerusalem Day, experience Biblical Jerusalem like never before from one of the most strategic spots above the city. From high atop the Biblical city we will take you on a journey from 1967 till today and the incredible events that have shaped the history of the ancient, old and modern day capital of the Jewish people.

Video Credit: Amit Ben Atar

Discover the City of David Today

How did the City of David, once an abandoned hilltop, become one of Israel’s premiere tourist destinations and the most excavated archeological site in Israel? Click here to discover!

Jay the Excavator - City of David

Meet Jay - one of the unique and fascinating excavators at the City of David!

Video Credit: Asaf Peri, City of David Archive

We visited City of David and it felt like we were taken 3000 years back
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