A short account of the City of David, given by your Israel & Jerusalem private tour guide
If I am asked what is the most important and fascinating sight of which one can speak and which demonstrates the creation of the early Israelite nation, it is no doubt, the City of David.
The City of David is in fact, a small hill, no more than 600 meters (1,900 ft.) long and very narrow, but this small hill is the biblical Jerusalem dating back to the time of King David.
A three-hour tour in the City of David over ground and mostly underground, is a thrilling experience, where visitors can delve into the city’s history and heritage.
Pieces of history
The hill was inhabited over 5,000 years ago, but it wasn’t until the 1700’s BCE that it became a city. At that time, the Canaanites living in it built immense defense systems. One of them was the wall around the city. The more impressive one consisted of huge fortifications around the only water source, the Gihon Spring.
The next important piece of history concerns the capture of the city by King David, at approximately 1,000 BCE. He established it as his capital, and built his palace at the city top. His son, King Solomon, expanded the city further up the hill, and built a temple for the entire nation, which is now known as the First Temple.