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1-Biblical Jerusalem 16-Salem, Jebus 33-Ashlar Stones 51-Bethesda Pool 68-Saint Anne's Church
2-History of Jerusalem 17-Milo, Jebusite Wall 34-Temple Mount 52-Holy Sepulcher 69-Sultan's Pool
3a-Map of Today's City 18-Gihon Springs 35-NE of End of Wall 53-Garden Tomb 70-Citadel
3b-The Four Quarters 19-City of David 36-SE End of Wall 54-Fort Antonia 71-Colonnade Column
3c-Photos 20-David's Palace 37-Western Wall 55-Phasael Tower  
3d-Silwan 21-Temple Mount 38-West Wall Tunnel 56-Struthion Pool  
4-The Walls Today 22-Solomon's Walls 39-Mikvah, Ritual Baths 57-Gethsemane  
5-The Gates Today 23-Solomon's Quarries 40-The Large Mikvah 58-Tombs in Hinnom Miscellaneous
6-Archaeology Periods 24-Broad Wall 41-Wilson's Arch 59-Jerusalem Tombs Archaeological Finds
7-Archaeology History 25-Hezekiah's Tunnel 42-Warren's Gate Gentile Period Jason's Tomb
8-Old Ancient Core 26-Middle Gate 43-Barclay's Gate 60-Ecce Homo Lazarus' Tomb
9-Kidron Valley 27-Nehemiah's Wall 44-Robinson's Arch 61-Roman Inscription Tomb of David
10-Central Valley Hasmonean 45-Western Wall Street 62-Cardo Maximus Via Dolorosa
11-Hinnom Valley 28-Walls and Towers 46-Western Wall Shops 63-Roman Road Hezekiah's Pool
12-Mount of Olives 29-Aqueduct 47-South Temple Wall 64-Nea Church  
13-Mount Moriah 30-Acra 48-Archaeology Park 65-Al Aqsa Mosque  
14-Western Hill Mt Zion 31-Temple Mount 49-Siloam Road 66-Dome of the Rock  
15-Ophel 32-Tombs in Kidron 50-Siloam Pool 67-Temple Mount  
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Hezekiah's Pool

This is the view of what is called "Hezekiah's Pool" but is thought to be a reservoir from the time of Herod thatreceived water from aqueducts that are still visible outside the Jaffa Gate. It also may have been a quarry outsidethe city where stones were cut for an Old Testament wall to the east of here. Some consider this to be the pool mentioned in Isaiah 36:2 and 2 Kings 18:17 where Sennacherib's field commander met Hezekiah's men "at the aqueduct of the Upper Pool, on the road to the Washerman's Field.". It is located in the Christian Quarterand in this photo is viewed from the Petra Hotel which is just inside the Jaffa Gate across from the Citadel. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher is not in the top left corner of the photo. At one time the courtyard around the reservoir was encircled with inns and rest stops for travels and royal couriers. Today these buildings are workshops and up until recently the pool was used as a trash dump. The site has never been excavated but there are plans to do so in the future.

Hezekiah's Pool with Church of Holy Sephelchur in the background; taken from Petra Hotel
Church of Holy Sepulcher and Dome of the Rock in the background.

Hezekiah's Pool June 2012
Floor of Hezekiah's Pool
Clean up of Hezekiah's Pool had made good progress by June of 2012

Floor of Hezekiah's Pool in June of 2010
The floor of Hezekiah's Pool in June of 2010 (Photo taken from the top of Petra Hotel)

 

Here is a link to archaeology research and an excavation near the Joppa Gate showing how the aqueduct connected to the Pool of Hezekiah - http://www.hadashot-esi.org.il/report_detail_eng.asp?id=1779&mag_id=118 ...

Here is part of the article from the above link:

"The High-level Aqueduct to Jerusalem. A section of the aqueduct (length 110 m) that terminates in Hezekiah’s Pool was exposed 4 m below ground level. The western part of the section extends from west to east (Fig. 1: A), after which the aqueduct turns to the southeast (Fig. 1: B) and crosses the wall perpendicularly; afterward, it changes direction to the east–northeast (Fig. 1: C) and continues to the southwestern corner of Hezekiah’s Pool. The point where the aqueduct enters the pool (Fig. 7) is c. 5–7 m above the floor of the pool, which is today covered with refuse. A plastered stone slide delimited by two walls (c. 1.5 × 1.5 m) was built at the aqueduct’s outlet into the pool. The base of the aqueduct (height 0.75 m; Fig. 8), founded on the bedrock, was built of fieldstones bonded with cement. The sides of the aqueduct (height 0.6–1.0 m) were built on the base, utilizing different size dressed stones, some in secondary use. The width of the channel tapers toward the bottom of the aqueduct (width 0.18–0.55 m). Limestone covering slabs (0.6–1.0 × 1.0 m, thickness 0.1–0.2 m) were placed atop the sides of the aqueduct. Inspection shafts, most of which were circular and a few square, were built in the ceiling of the channel at 15 m intervals. A small pool (1.25 × 2.30 m; Fig. 9) was incorporated in the aqueduct c. 30 m west of the southwestern corner of Hezekiah’s Pool. The ceiling of the pool was arched and an opening was installed in its southeastern corner." (notes taken from http://www.hadashot-esi.org.il/report_detail_eng.asp?id=1779&mag_id=118 )

 

 
 

 
 
 

 

   

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