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Palace in the City of David


From Monday's shot, we cross over the ridge, roughly to the western side of it. Here you can see archaelogical diggings, opening what must have been David's palace, built after David captured Jerusalem from the Jebusites, around 1,000 BC. The excavations are not open to the public. To get this picture, I had to worm the lens of my camera through a hole in the fence, resulting in some drops of water, that is now visible in this picture. What you see at the sides of the site, are pillars propping up the earth, very much like pillars in horizontal mine shafts.


Trying to relate all the findings, will take a lot of writing. Seals with the names of Yehucal (Jucal) son of Shelemiah and Gedaliah son of Pashhur, two officials mentioned in Jer 38:1 have been found. A hoard of 264 gold coins from 7 AD was found. In 2010, a fragment of a clay tablet dating from the 14th century BC was uncovered, making it the oldest written document yet uncovered in Jerusalem. These are a few of the many interesting findings, that were made.


About the rest of the picture. All around the excavations are residential areas, like the area by the conifer, on the other side of the excavation. The right to control both the archaeological and the residential aspects of the City of David is hotly contested by Israelis and Palestinians. A proposal was made to turn most of the area into an archaeological park, and to restore a part of the Kidron Valley currently inhabited by Palestinians as a park to be called the Garden of the King. This area was also under Jordanian rule (Palestinian friendly) until the 6-day war in 1967.


One can clearly see it is uphill from where I took the shot. The area is generally known as Mount Zion. To the right is the southern wall of the Old City. The City of David is outside the Old City wall. The Temple Mount is behind the nearest part of the wall. The buildings, rising hotel-like behind the wall, is the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. A previous posting gave an idea what it looks like inside the Jewish Quarter.


The two engineers who planned the restoration of the Old City walls in 1538 mistakenly left Mt. Zion and King David’s tomb outside the walls, as you can see. The Turkish sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent, was a bit miffed and he had the two put to death.



comments (11)

  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 11 May 2016, 04:56
This must have been huge in the time it was built. Great to see how many rooms there were.
Louis: What is more intriguing to me is to see, how far this palace has gone under ground level. Or said in another way; how the ground level has elevated over time in this area.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 11 May 2016, 05:29
Quel dommage toutes ces ruines.
Louis: Ils sont en train de planifier un jardin pour inclure les ruines. C'est encore loin dans l'avenir.
What a political pickle Louis. At least we get to see these excavations thanks to your ingenuity.
Louis: This country is a bottle of pickles. I believe the excavations will be opened to the public at some time. First sort out all the findings, then make it safe for the public ...
Goodness you can certainly get an idea of the scale of the place with this photo!
To be put to death for such a thing - no doubt they thought God would approve.
Louis: The old 'civilisations' were quite harsh. I believe people paid careful heed of their contracts in those days. Not like today, when people hire lawyers to get out of the contracts.
Amazing Louis. There were so many rooms!
Louis: This is only a part of what is uncovered to date. A palace had to have many rooms.
  • Ray
  • Possibly Greenland
  • 11 May 2016, 05:51
Fascinating stuff, Louis...and, the water drops don't harm the image IMHO.
Louis: Thank you Ray. Those drops actually remind me of binary code as punched on the old punch cards.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 11 May 2016, 06:30
Well done for finding a way to take this excellent shot Louis
Louis: Thank you Chris
What we photographers go through to get the right shot, Louis! Good for you.
Louis: Yes, risking the equipment. Thank you Ginnie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 11 May 2016, 06:55
I have the feel to have seen this some time ago.
Louis: That would be possible, Philine.
Judging by what gets built these days the old sultan would have had a field day executing people
Louis: Heh, heh. I am pretty sure that in those days people minded the stipulations of a contract. Trying to get out of it, was downright dangerous.
A fascinating dig, I'm sure!
Louis: It is, for sure. Just a little frustrating that it is not open yet.

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