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w=574 574w" sizes="(max-width: 215px) 100vw, 215px" data-recalc-dims="1" / This is where King David captured the fortress of a Canaanite tribe, the Jebusites, 1000 years before Christ.
Its papyrus documents went up in flames with the rest of the royal quarter when the Babylonians destroyed the city in 586 BC, but dozens of clay seals survived.
Some of the seals bear names known from the Bible, such as Gemariah son of Shaphan, a high-ranking official in the court of King Jehoiakim (Jeremiah 36: 9-12), and Azariah son of Hilkiah, a priest who served in the Temple at the time of the exile to Babylon (1 Chronicles ). w=800 800w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" data-recalc-dims="1" / Another clay seal found in the City of David contains the name of Bethlehem — the first mention of this ancient city outside of the Bible.
From the Pool of Siloam, visitors can walk on a section of the Herodian street — now also below ground level — that hundreds of thousands of Jews used three times a year to ascend to the Temple during pilgrim feasts. Excavated section of Herodian street that led from Pool of Siloam to Temple Mount (Seetheholyland.net)" data-medium-file="https://i0com/ fit=600,800" class="attachment-thumbnail wp-image-4839 size-medium" src="https://i0com/ resize=225,300" alt="City of David" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://i0com/ Now cleaned out, this tunnel enables visitors to walk 700 metres uphill, along the edge of the Tyropoeon Valley and under the Old City wall, to an exit near the Western Wall.
Among the items discovered in this tunnel were a rare gold bell, perhaps once sewn to a high priest’s garment, and an ancient silver shekel, customarily used to pay the half-shekel head tax to the Temple.