Discover Legends, Bible Truths & Mystery deep beneath the City of Jerusalem
The Bible offers numerous examples that Jerusalem holds a special place in God’s heart and is a key location in His salvation story. From Abraham to David to Jesus, and all the way to the heavenly Jerusalem descending from above in John’s Revelation, Jerusalem is the anchor for all the great and epic events that have, and forever will, influence the life of every human being ever born. Our next few posts will explore some of Jerusalem’s “hidden treasures” and take a look at a few less known sites that are, nevertheless, meaningful to the hearts of those who love God.
Stepping back in time as you glance beneath Jerusalem’s Old City Wall right between the Damascus and Herod Gates, the adventurous pilgrims will find themselves staring into a huge cave, which slopes down into a vast chamber hewn by ancient stonecutters. The unusual cavernous formations still carry the scars of ax and chisel of millennia past, and some stones are even marked in Arabic, Greek, Armenian and English by passing generations of stone masters. The cave itself extends hundreds of feet below the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, telling the tales of Kings, Emperors and Sultans who harvested its rocky treasures to erect their monuments, shrines and temples.
From King Solomon to Herod the Great to Suleiman the Magnificent, Zedekiah’s Cave embodies many stories. Some stories are closely associated with the biblical record, while others spin the legends of hidden treasures of gold buried in its shadowy grottos, or a system of “Royal Caverns” stretching for 18 miles beneath the earth leading from King Zedekiah’s palace to the plains of Jericho.
Bible stories, legends and mystery abound in the chiseled halls, starting from the Iron Age and the Israelite Kingdoms and stretching throughout the Roman, Byzantine and the Islamic periods. Was the cave King Zedekiah’s secret passage to safety during the Babylonian invasion? Were these limestone walls the actual quarry from which stones were cut in order to build Solomon’s first and glorious Temple?
Come and find out for yourself, and see if these eternal words still echo in the silent underground chambers. “And the temple, when it was being built, was built with stone finished at the quarry, so that no hammer or chisel or any iron tool was heard in the temple while it was being built.” (I-Kings 6:7).
God bless you from Jerusalem,