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City of David, Israel

From series “The Surviving Artifacts of Jewish Civilization”
The City of David is the historic district of Jerusalem, located near the Temple Mount. According to the legend, this is where King David built his first palace, around which the city was formed later. Today, visitors can see the ruins of old buildings, as well as the surviving fragments of city walls that surrounded the settlement back in the Bronze Age.

City of David, Israel The archaeological research at the site of the historic district began in the first half of the 19th century. After decades of work, researchers had discovered many unique artifacts. In the 19th century, fragments of the Siloam church, and later ancient tombs that date back to 2-3 century BC were found. Today, visitors can see the historic district with ruins of ancient palaces, admire cleaned wells and fragments of fortifications. Museums of Jerusalem store clay tablets discovered during excavations.

The City of David is remarkable for its unique engineering constructions. That’s an ancient tunnel of Hezekiah that has been dug almost 3 000 years ago. During tours around the historic district, travelers armed with flashlights walk through the tunnel. Despite the fact that excavations in the historic district have been going on for almost 200 years, much of the artifacts are still hidden under a layer of earth. The City of David is very popular among travelers. Every day, it is visited by hundreds of people. There are comfortable hiking trails and viewing platforms, from which you can see ancient sights in all its glory and make spectacular photos. Next - Wailing Wall


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Car rental office: 'Sixt car rental' is located in 1.09 km ( on the map).
Parking: 'Jerusalem' in 0.31 km
Police station: 'Jerusalem' in 0.39 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'Montefiore bekotel' in 0.3 km
Railway station: 'Jerusalem Malha Railway Station' in 5.32 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Ben Gurion Airport TLV - in 42 km
 »  Mendez Airport MZD - in 51 km
 »  Sde Dov Airport SDV - in 57 km
 »  Queen Alia Airport AMM - in 71 km
 »  Marka International Airport ADJ - in 74 km
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Best hotels near City of David

New Imperial Hotel

Located in 0 km from City of David
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Rooms: 50
All rooms come with a flat-satellite screen TV and a balcony. Complete with a refrigerator, the dining area also has an electric kettle. Private … More: photo, rates and booking
Shamai Suites Jerusalem

Located in 1 km from City of David
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Rooms: 15
Each apartment is air conditioned and features a laptop-sized safe and flat-screen TV with cable channels. The kitchenette includes a microwave, … More: photo, rates and booking
Mount Scopus Hotel

Located in 2 km from City of David
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Rooms: 65
Satellite TV and balcony are standard facilities in all rooms, which also have a radio and telephone. The private bathroom comes with hairdryer. … More: photo, rates and booking
Royal Jerusalem

Located in 3 km from City of David
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Rooms: 246
All rooms feature cable TV, air-conditioning, phone and a mini fridge. En-suite bathrooms provide free toiletries and a bath or shower. Full Israeli … More: photo, rates and booking

Nearest unique sightseeing spots to visit

Church of the Resurrection of Christ
0 km - Church of the Resurrection of Christ
In Jerusalem has placed the greatest Orthodox Church of the world meaning – Church of the Resurrection of Christ. Mostly known as Church of the Holy Sepulcher. This cathedral was established in 325 year. The place where it is now is a precise place of the Christ …
Jerusalem
2 km - Jerusalem
Jerusalem is one of the most beautiful and exciting cities in the Middle East and one of the oldest cities in the world, whose history dates back to 2800 BC. Many travelers know it as the location of priceless religious shrines. It’s visited by followers of the …
The Monastery of Mar Saba
11 km - The Monastery of Mar Saba
There is the Orthodox monastery of Mar Saba In Israel, near Jerusalem. The shrine is known to many travelers as the Great Lavra of St. Sabbas the Sanctified. In appearance it resembles a powerful medieval fortress. The monastery was named after its founder and was laid …
Monastery of George Khozevita
23 km - Monastery of George Khozevita
In Israel there is a building, on the road to which one is extremely complicated. It is about Gheorghe Hozevitul Monastery. This Orthodox monastery is considered one of the oldest in the world and is located on the territory of the Celt Valley, in the Jewish desert. …
Oak of Mamre
29 km - Oak of Mamre
There are also quite unusual among the Jewish holy places. A great example is the Oak of Mamre. A nice biblical legend tells about this old tree. According to it, Abraham was talking to God there. For these reasons, a unique tree is also known under the name Oak of …
Cave of Patriarchs
30 km - Cave of Patriarchs
In Judaism, the second holiest place after the Temple Mount is the Cave of the Patriarchs, also known as the Cave of Machpelah. It’s located in the historic crypt of Hebron. According to the biblical tradition, Isaac, Abraham, Jacob, and their spouses are buried …

Top destination around City of David - Jerusalem

The name of Meorav Yerushalmi restaurant can be literally translated as "Jerusalem Mix". Its menu will surely impress fans of meat dishes. The restaurant is classified as a fast food facility. However, quality and taste of the dishes served here are always on top. A large part of the restaurant’s menu is represented by dishes made of chicken. In addition to meat visitors will be definitely offered to order rice or a fresh salad as a side dish.

Tourists who want to try the best humus in the city are recommended to visit Hummus Ali Hassan restaurant. Skilled chefs of the restaurant prepare national dishes in accordance with classic recipes. The age of some recipes is several hundred years. The restaurant’s chefs also have their own secrets that make the food served there even more original and notable for its special flavor palette. When it comes to describing the city's cafes, we should definitely mention YMCA. According to experts of the local cuisine the best onion soup of the city is served there. Among other attractive dishes worth noting tourists are recommended not to forget about various fresh salads and dairy desserts. Popular fast food restaurants and small cafes can be found literally on every street of the city. Emek-Refaim Street is particularly rich is charming dining facilities.
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