web analytics
September 1, 2015 / 17 Elul, 5775
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post


Ancient Water Tunnel Discovered in Jerusalem

By: JTA

This discovery was first announced in JewishPress.com in April 2013.

The longest water tunnel ever discovered in Israel is being excavated in Jerusalem, near the train station in the southern part of the city. Both the tunnel and a stone column head at its opening, belonging to a state structure dating back to the kings of Judea, are considered proof that the tunnel digging was done during the First Temple period.

Running 700 feet, the tunnel was discovered several weeks ago during an excursion organized by the Kfar Etzion Field School, according to a report Friday in the Israeli daily Ma’ariv.

Yaron Rosenthal, who runs the school for the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel, said instructors chanced upon the tunnel just east of the security barrier which separates Israel from Palestinian population centers in Judea. Rosenthal estimated the structure predated 586 B.C. He said the tunnel is one of the longest tunnels in the Holy Land used to transport spring water.

He said that markings, stairs and aesthetic relief carved into the stone suggested that the tunnel belonged to a Judaean king.

“We entered a 15-foot shaft through a very narrow entrance and headed eastward underground,” Rosenthal recalled. “We were amazed at the beauty of the structure we were in, whose corridor is built from huge slabs of more than a cubic yard. At the end of this construction, a simpler path begins and a neat staircase leads to that part.”

The tunnel’s ceiling varies between five and nine feet and it is two to three feet wide, he said. The tunnel is within Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries, according to Ma’ariv.

The Israel Antiquities Authority conducted preliminary checks in the region three years ago but decided not to excavate, according to Ma’ariv.

About the Author:


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

23 Responses to “Ancient Water Tunnel Discovered in Jerusalem”

  1. no surprises here-Right

  2. Some photos would be very helpful and appreciated.

  3. Eloise Kay Drake says:

    I hope it will be open to the public soon

  4. This is just more proof that those who say that Jews have no claim to the area are trying to change history. This ind must be publicized throughout the world.

  5. Carol Pellegrino says:

    amazing…………but not surprised! How much more proof does the world need? Jerusalem belongs to the Jewish people.

  6. I would love to see pics of it. I am truly amazed!

  7. Eva Feld says:

    It is said that one can live in Jerusalem all life-long, go on excursions and expeditions and never really see the whole city, ever.

  8. Fullu Caplan says:

    Every stone has a Jewish story, especially in Jerusalem!

  9. You do not say if it is still working? Yes, Pics would be great! Ziggy

  10. Wanda Roberts says:

    Is this similar to Hezichia's tunnel?

  11. Christians should never be surprised. Our Bible is clear on that.

  12. Ernest Hobbs says:

    Very interesting Find ! Great History …

  13. Paud O Riain says:

    I agree Jerusalem is and has always been Jewish

  14. Asoo Fulla says:

    jewish tunnel does have special design ,just like jews special creature of god. come on jews be logical .Are you crazy?

  15. A few pictures would have been great.

  16. Debi Fuhrman says:

    Awesome

  17. Trisha Eden says:

    Israel has ALWAYS and will ALWAYS be God's country and land. He himself ordained this with Moses. Back in those days they did do all kinds of beautiful designs. This would also indicate that it quite probably went to the original Temple also. Yes, pics would have been nice, however, they were probably forbidden at this particular time!

  18. Trisha Eden says:

    Israel has ALWAYS and will ALWAYS be God's country and land. He himself ordained this with Moses. Back in those days they did do all kinds of beautiful designs. This would also indicate that it quite probably went to the original Temple also. Yes, pics would have been nice, however, they were probably forbidden at this particular time!

  19. I am very interested In Israel as it is God's own land and it shall remain whole

  20. Derek Browell says:

    Are there any supposed links to Kings mentioned in the O.T. or is it too early to speculate ?

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Why would a Jew want to join the ISIS?
Good Jewish Boy from Israel Tries to Join the ISIS
Latest News Stories
ISIS victims who fought with an Iranian-backed group and who were burned alive.

The victims were burned alive while hanging upside down. ISIS said it was in revenge for Shi’ite executions

Opposition MK Avigdor Liberman strongly criticized Netanyahu for making the agreement.

The U.S. Congress.

On Tuesday, September 8, participants in this historic event will unite to pray for the safety and well-being of the Jewish nation.

Any SanDisk employee who can successfully headhunt and bring another worker to the company will receive a bonus of nearly $2,000 (20,000 shekels), the flash memory developer’s Israeli division said. The demand for high-techs employees in Israel far outstrips the supply, and SanDisk is looking for 90 new engineers and R & D departments in […]

The university claims there was a mix-up between “Obama” and the “Obama Foundation” retaining a presence on campus.

Showers installed in front of Auschwitz are simply a ‘public safety measure’ to ward off the summer heat, says the museum.

Turkish officials helped return the 21-year-old man, the Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.

White supremacist Frazier Glen Miller Jr, gave the Nazi salute to jurors who ruled him guilty of killing three in Kansas City.

PMO spokesman Mark Regev is formally appointed Israel Ambassador to England.

More than two million Israeli children returned to the classrooms across the country Tuesday.

An ISIS rocket attack on southern Israel from Gaza landed short early Tuesday and schools opened on time.

THThree NYC Cong. Ds from heavily Jewish districts defied constituents, announcing support for Nuclear Iran Deal.

An IDF soldier in the Yamam counter-terrorism unit was injured in one of the Jenin battles on Monday evening.

In response to the IDF Jenin Operation, Gazan terrorists are threatening to launch rockets.

Five administrative detainees in Ketziot Prison in the Negev desert started a hunger strike, according to the Israeli Prison Service.

More Articles from JTA

More than 20 cars and buildings in a Jewish community in north London were vandalized with swastikas. The Nazi symbol was drawn on approximately 27 cars in the Osbaldeston Road area of Stoke Newington on Sunday night, The Daily Mail reported. An unnamed 32-year-old man was arrested in connection with the vandalism Tuesday. The neighborhood […]

New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind called on the Jewish community to attend the funeral of an assassinated New York police officer. “The brave men and women of the NYPD risk their lives every day to protect us. We value them and stand with them,” Hikind, a Democrat who represents Brooklyn, said in a statement […]

“Move Jew” scrawled on a Philadelphia home and slurs written on a synagogue and 10 garages in Chicago.

The Nazis nearly destroyed the 17th synagogue.

Cuba has “the largest pool of untapped baseball talent in the world, and Major League Baseball may tap and leave Cuba dry.

Argentina’s president Christina Fernandez has accepted an official Jewish godson for the first time in the country’s history to help counter legend of death to a seventh son. She described in seven tweets her meeting with her new godson, Yair Tawil, a member of a Chabad-Lubavitch family. He was adopted as a godson under a […]

A fundraising campaign started quietly by two first graders two years ago to help find a cure for a rare genetic disease just passed the $1 million mark.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ancient-water-tunnel-discovered-in-jerusalem/2014/01/11/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: