The Tomb of King David frequents thousands of travelers every day with private guided tours in Israel to Jerusalem. The complex itself is sacred to the three major religions: Christianity. Islam, and Judaism and is probably the most popular pilgrimage site in Israel.
The Tomb of King David on Mount Zion is located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem, opposite the Zion Gate which you can visit with a private tour guide in Jerusalem.
On the first level, you will find the entrance floor and the grave itself. On the second floor, you will find the Last Supper Room, consecrated to Christians. On the third floor, it is the roof of the compels-you will find a mosque minaret, a study room of the second president Isaac Ben Zvi, and a traditional observation point towards the Temple Mount
Nature of the private guided tour route: urban.
Duration of the trip: about half an hour
The degree of difficulty of the trip: breezy
Suitable for disabled and baby carriages: possible for children carriages, but the site is not accessible to the disabled, there are 4-5 stairs at the entrances
Equipment for a walk: modest attire
Cellular reception: yes
The trip is suitable for the season: all seasons
Services: religious services
Tables/ benches for sitting: yes
Drinking water: yes
Buffet: in the Zion Gate area are Arab street vendors
Night parking: no
Price available: free
Entrance hours: the complex is open 24/7, but the David tomb complex and The Last Supper Room are open daily from 08:00 to 18:00
Special notes: at night of Selichot there may be special additional opening hours
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What do we do in the Tomb of King David and where do we travel?
Parking: Mt. Zion parking sign, free.
The courtyard complex of the Tomb of King David: first recommends entering the main complex and the courtyard. The courtyard of the building is the center of Khan of the Mamluk period. From the courtyard of the complex, they entered the Hall of the Tomb of King David.
King David's Tomb Hall: here you will find a Hall divided into the side of men and the side of women. In the cubicle, a large tombstone is covered with a furrow. The arched and well-groomed tombstone niche. On the wall hangs a long blackened Torah scroll. In the past, there were other caskets of Torah scrolls that were stolen.
The niche facing the Temple Mount indicates that the original building is a synagogue. And this fact strengthens the holiness of the site. An ancient mosaic floor, dating from the Roman era, was discovered at a depth of 70 cm below the present-day floor.
You can read Psalms in the prayer room in front of King David Zion, and continue this private guided tour in Israel with your private tour guide in Jerusalem.
Backyard: in the backyard of King David's tomb, you will find comfortable tables and toilets and water.
The Roof of King David's Tomb structure: after visiting the inside of the building, it is recommended to climb to the roof of King David's Tomb. On the third floor, the attic floor is located. Here is the small room of the second president Isaac Ben Zvi. In a small library cubicle, donations in honor of the president, memorial candles for Missing Persons and IDF spaces, and more, I discovered this section during my guided tour in Israel two years ago and I still visit there every time.
President Ben Zvi would have accepted pilgrims to Jerusalem, three times a year in three habits, and blessed them with the " blessing of the president." So he did until his death. The room is closed most of the time and was opened every Monday by Rabbi Yaakov Nassa, from 10:30 to 14:30.
Until the Six-Day War, the roof of King David's Tomb served as the closest place that Jews could reach, and watch the Temple Mount and the Western Wall. Today, naturally, the roof is a historical trace of this observation point, what, too, that the trees grew, and houses rose up in the Old City, and it is difficult to see the Western Wall, but it is possible to make a good view towards the East and the Temple Mount. A memorial plaque was also placed on the roof of the Jewish quarter from the time of the liberation war in NIS.
The Last Supper Room: Get Out of the David tomb complex to the North. Turn right according to the signs, climb one floor, and find yourself in the porch and corridor leading to the room attributed by Christian tradition, as The"Last Supper Room" of Jesus and the apostles. In this place according to the Christian faith, the events of the Ochristya were held, the ritual of washing the feet led by Jesus, the incarnation of Christ after his resurrection before the eyes of the apostles, and the delegation of the Holy Spirit to the Apostles on the fiftieth day after the crucifixion (Pentecost).
The sight of Mount Zion and the Tomb of King David from the Wall Promenade
Where Is King David really buried?
I always like to start my private guided tours in Jerusalem with facts. And the first in the facts is the consecration of the site of the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion. The site is sacred to the three religions as early as 1000, according to information from ancient literature, the message of Benjamin Matudela's travels began in about 1165.
The second fact is that the Bible is listed in the book of Kings 1 (B, 1):"David will lie with his ancestors and be buried in the city of David." And for every knowledge bar, the city of David is not on Mount Zion, but on the slopes of the Old City of Jerusalem, south of it, on the western slope of the Kidron stream. The inevitable conclusion is that the original Tomb of King David is not on the site of Mount Zion.
The proponents of the idea of King David's tomb on Mount Zion, First of all, rely first on the new medieval tradition, mentioned above. And secondly, they rely on the scripture in the book of second Kings, on the relocation of the location of the Royal Cemetery field, to the UZA garden. In the new field in the UZA garden, the Kings of Manasseh, Amon, and probably Josiah, are the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth on the list of kings of Judah. About Menashe says: "he was buried in the garden of his house in the garden of Uzza." and about the trust of his son: "he was buried with him in his burial in the garden of Uzza." In Josiah, he said, "in his covenant."
And it is worth to be precise here that the burial area passed in the late days of the first house to the UZA garden, but it was not noted that the graves that had already been buried in the city of David were also transferred.
In addition to Baba Batra, halacha Z. It was written: "all the necropolis are cleared except the Tomb of the king and the Tomb of the prophet, Rabbi Akiva says none of the Tomb of the king and the Tomb of the Prophet Maphnin, said to him and the Tomb of the House of David and the Tomb of the prophetess rat were in Jerusalem and did not touch anyone ever? Told them from there evidence of forgiveness they had and would have taken out impurity to the Kidron stream."This addition indicates that the tombs of Kings buried in the fields of the city of David were not evacuated, even after the city wall surrounded their territory.
My final conclusion as a private tour guide in Israel to Jerusalem who participated in many excavations is that the original Tomb of King David was in the city of David, and remained in the city of David.
The Tomb of King David in the caves of the tombs of the Kings of the House of David in the ancient city of David
Today, after the extensive excavations in the city of David, a site is located in the south of the city of David, suitable for identification as the graves of the House of David. The site is now seen as a carved cave area whose case has collapsed. Many of the researchers show here the place of the graves of the Boiler House of the city of David. The caves were looted many years before the arrival of archaeologists for excavations in the city of David. Therefore, there are no indicative and identifying signs left in these burial caves. Despite the difficulties in identifying these burial caves as the tombs of the House of David in absolute form, I propose, to identify here the Tomb of King David, and even to give the site of the tombs of Kings in the city of David his obvious holiness.
The misidentification process of King David's tomb at Mount Zion
My opinion as an expert private tour guide in Israel is The identification of the present site on Mount Zion as the Tomb of King David is described in the writings and literature of Benjamin Matudela's travel that went from Spain on a tour across Europe, the Levant and North Africa, around 1165. Benjamin Matudela wrote in his travel book a mysterious and interesting legend about the Tomb of King David in Mount Zion. Benjamin Matudela said that the people of the patriarch of Jerusalem entered the Tomb of King David. There they found a deep and underground cave. They descended in the same cave down-down, through long convoluted Burrows, reaching the halls of the tombs of the Kings of Israel. In order for no one to descend into the halls, the cave was closed and hidden, opening with the order of the patriarch (....).
From this miraculous fairy tale described in the book of Benjamin Matudela's travels, begin to consecrate the site in later literature. In later centuries, according to the local tradition created in Mount Zion, the Tomb of King David in Mount Zion was already written by the Ramban disciple, Rabbi Moshe Hagiz named Hari, and the Radbz and Maharam also wrote about this.
In our time, in the absence of a tomb and a Zion known to King David's grave, the tradition and holiness of David's tomb on Mount Zion are strengthened. Conveniently, the Tomb of King David complex is also close to Mount Zion parking lot and near Zion Gate. So comfortable and suitable for the beginning of an amazing private guided tour of ancient Jerusalem. And if not quite the great location of the complex on the private tours in Israel routes, the complex also has seating tables, a site for lighting soul candles, clean toilets, and running water. What is more, needed for travelers?…..
And with all the scripture above, it is worth noting, that the Tomb of King David on Mount Zion was consecrated. And as a place that was sanctified as a synagogue, it is sacred and worthy of prayer. In addition, in the absence of a more accurate landmark place for King David's tomb, the site on Mount Zion can be designated as"King David's score". Thus, we will consider the holiness of King David's tomb on Mount Zion.
Here is what is good and what is pleasant-Shabbat brothers together-mosaic on the outer wall of the Tomb of King David
History of the structure and stages of the construction of the Tomb of King David
The earliest stage found is from the Roman period. An ancient synagogue with an apse was discovered towards the Temple Mount. The apse was 1.92 m above the level of the prayer room. The mosaic flooring was geometric (dated to the late Roman or early Byzantine period).
The second stage of the Crusader period, for this period is attributed to the burial place in the prayer hall on the ground floor. The tombstone looks like a coffin. Covered with blue iconostasis today.
The third stage of the Mamluk period. Central Khan courtyard for example.
The last stage from the late Ottoman period.
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