Biblical site in Israel will be opened to the public for the first time in 2,000 years 


A biblical site where Jesus is said to have healed a blind man will soon be opened to the public for the first time in 2,000 years. 

The Pool of Siloam, located in the southern part of the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem, is cherished by Christians and Jews.

It is currently being excavated by archaeologists and will either be opened to the public piece by piece or once the entire site is unearthed.

This is expected to take several years.

The Pool of Siloam, where Jesus is said to have healed a blind man, will soon be opened to the public for the first time in 2,000 years. This is a still image from an animation recreating the site

The pool, which is located in the southern part of the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem, is cherished by Christians and Jews

The pool, which is located in the southern part of the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem, is cherished by Christians and Jews

What is the Pool of Siloam?

The Pool of Siloam, located in the southern part of the City of David archaeological site in Jerusalem, is cherished by Christians and Jews. 

It was built around 2,700 years ago as part of Jerusalem’s water system in the eighth century B.C. 

The site served as a reservoir for the Gihon Spring from which water was diverted and stored in underground tunnels. 

According to the bible, the Pool of Siloam was the location where Jesus performed the miracle of healing a man born blind. 

It will allow visitors to see the site and the progress being made in exposing it.

Members of the public have already been able to access a small section of the pool which has been fully excavated, but it will be a little while longer before people can truly ‘walk in the footsteps of the Bible’.

Plans to open up the Pool of Siloam were announced just before the new year by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the Israel National Parks Authority and the City of David Foundation.

The site was built around 2,700 years ago as part of Jerusalem’s water system in the eighth century B.C.

It served as a reservoir for the Gihon Spring from which water was diverted and stored in underground tunnels. 

‘The Pool of Siloam in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem is a site of historic, national and international significance,’ said Jerusalem’s mayor Moshe Lion. 

‘After many years of anticipation, we will soon merit being able to uncover this important site and make it accessible to the millions of visitors visiting Jerusalem each year.’

Construction of the pool began during the reign of King Hezekia as cited in the Bible in the Book of Kings II, 20:20, according to the two Israeli agencies and the City of David Foundation. 

‘The Pool of Siloam’s excavation is highly significant to Christians around the world,’ American Pastor John Hagee, the founder and chairman of Christians United for Israel, told Fox News Digital. 

‘It was at this site that Jesus healed the blind man (John:9), and it is at this site that, 2,000 years ago, Jewish pilgrims cleansed themselves prior to entering the Second Temple.’

He added that the Pool of Siloam and the Pilgrimage Road, both located within the City of David, were ‘among the most inspiring archeological affirmations of the Bible’.

Ze’ev Orenstein, the director of international affairs for the City of David Foundation in Jerusalem, said the site was significant to ‘billions around the world’ and would be ‘made fully accessible for the first time in 2,000 years’.

He added that the millions of people visiting the City of David every year would ‘literally be able to walk in the footsteps of the Bible, connecting with the roots of their heritage and identity’.

The site was built around 2,700 years ago as part of Jerusalem's water system in the eighth century B.C. It is pictured in this artist's impression

The site was built around 2,700 years ago as part of Jerusalem’s water system in the eighth century B.C. It is pictured in this artist’s impression

According to the bible, the Pool of Siloam was the location where Jesus performed the miracle of healing a man born blind

According to the bible, the Pool of Siloam was the location where Jesus performed the miracle of healing a man born blind

Three years ago Israel unveiled the 2,000-year-old Pilgrimage Road after an £80million project to excavate it from beneath a Palestinian neighbourhood.

It was discovered by accident in 2004 by workmen mending a broken pipe in a potato field. 

The 350-yard ancient road served as the main thoroughfare for visitors to the ancient Jewish temple, while Jesus is also said to have used it to reach the Temple in Jerusalem.

It led to the temple from the Pool of Siloam, where pilgrims would cleanse themselves before visiting it.

According to the bible, it was also the location where Jesus performed the miracle of healing a man born blind.

The site in Jerusalem is currently being excavated by archaeologists and will either be opened to the public piece by piece or once the entire site is unearthed

The site in Jerusalem is currently being excavated by archaeologists and will either be opened to the public piece by piece or once the entire site is unearthed

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Why is Temple Mount one of the world’s most contested religious sites? 

Temple Mount is known as one of the world’s most contested religious sites, and is a regular scene of flare-ups between Israelis and Palestinians.

The site, considered exceptionally holy to both Jews and Muslims, sits in the shadow of the stunning Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

The Temple Mount – known in Hebrew as Har Habayit and Haram al-Sharif or Noble Sanctuary in Islam – has been the site of religious tension for hundreds of years.

The plot sits on elevated plaza above the Western Wall in Jerusalem that was the site of both of Judaism’s ancient temples.

The area is also home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and considered the third holiest in Islam, after Mecca and Medina.

It is also home to the gold-topped Dome of the Rock, one of the most recognised symbols of Jerusalem.

Muslims believe it was the site of the Prophet Muhammad’s ascent to heaven in the 7th century.

Jewish connection to the site stems from the belief that it contains the ‘Foundation Stone’ where God created earth according to ancient scripture.

It is considered by Jews the place where God’s presence exists.

It is believed to be the site of many important events detailed in the Bible, including the Binding of Isaac, Jacob’s dream, and the prayer of Isaac and Rebekah.

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