This was one of those places you can read about but need to experience it to grasp it. Starting from the City of David, it was built to bring water from the Gihon Spring to the Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem and still has water running through it (in some places the water was 2 to 3 feet deep). We changed into shorts and talked our way around the “water shoes required” policy and entered the tunnel. For the next 20 minutes we walked in cold water exploring the 1,760 feet long passage that was chipped out by two gangs of workmen began at each end and worked towards the center.
We used our phones as flashlights to guide our way through this cramped and very dark passage way.
We exited the cool tunnels to the heat of the city and
opted for a taxi to the Tower of David. We had passed it several times over the last two days, but never catching a time when it was open. The Tower of David is a real castle complete with everything two boys would want in a fortress.
Once again we picked up lunch on the run to eat on the ride to Bethlehem, which we had set up the night before. In Bethlehem we visited the Nativity Church as the Mosque of Omar across the street call the “faithful to prayer”.
There must have been no room in the mosque, because we were in the middle of large group of Muslim praying all over the place. There were Muslims praying, in from to the church, in front of the Mosque, in the court yards, in a parking lot, on the sidewalks and streets, as we entered the birth place of Jesus.
From Bethlehem, back through Jerusalem and on to Tel Aviv and finally the Airport. We were stopped at only one check point as we made our way out of a region I left more confused about then when I entered. I had read several books on the history, and politics of the region before our tip and still had trouble explaining things to Jake and myself. Everything is so intertwined and so many things have multiple answers to the same question.