iTravelJerusalem guide Danny Herman 311.
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One of history’s little ironies - and there are many - is that for centuries upon centuries, the site where Jesus is said to have miraculously cured a blind man, was believed to be at a place known as the Pool of Siloam, at the end of Hezekiah’s Tunnel, while the true location of the pool lay hidden from the eyes of archaeologists. In fact, the mistake, which is emblematic of the density of the archaeological strata in the City of David, was so deeply ingrained that it led the Byzantines to build a church at the wrong site.
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As iTravelJerusalem guide Danny Herman
explains in the video, this changed in 2004, when excavations for a
sewer revealed the lower Pool of Siloam some 70 meters from the first
pool, corroborating Second-Temple-era writings that described the
existence of such a site. Despite being the site of Jesus’ miracle
making, however, the Pool of Siloam has yet to become a central tourist attraction
. This is perhaps due mostly to the fact that Hezekiah’s Tunnel
, which leads to the other pool, is an extremely important site in its own right.
It also doesn’t hurt to be at the end of a 533-meter-long, water-filled
tunnel that has been drawing visitors for years, as much for its fun
factor as for its educational value. Leading from the Gihon Spring
Hezekiah’s Tunnel (also known as the Shiloah Tunnel) is one of only a
few 8th-century-BC structures worldwide that are fully accessible to the
public. As the Bible tells us, the tunnel was dug by King Hezekiah so
that he could fortify the city against the invading Assyrian armies
without compromising its main water source, the Gihon, which lay outside
Besides the awesome experience of being inside an almost 3,000-year-old
man-made tunnel, visitors – children especially – will enjoy the simple
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