Explore Israel’s Ancient Wonderland – Venture Off The Beaten Path, Visiting Four Hidden Tunnels
As if you needed another reason why to put Israel on your ultimate bucket list, we’ve got one for you. We all know that Israel is rich with many off the beaten path destinations, but what many travelers don’t know is that there are plenty of hidden tunnels that are waiting to be discovered over and over again. The country boasts four hidden underground tunnels that are a must-see on your travel list for 2019 and we’ve got them listed right here for you.
The Western Wall Tunnels
The Western Wall Tunnel is an underground tunnel exposing the full length of the Western Wall. It is also one of the most magnificent and significant remnants in Jerusalem from the days of the Second Temple. The master course, the largest stones used to build Temple Mount, are exposed in the tunnels.
It’s without a doubt that you will be transported back through centuries as the complex underground tunnel can be accessed by a guided tour. That’s where guests can walk in subterranean spaces with the most astonishing archeological findings. There you can find yourself in front of large stone arches, water pits, an underground synagogue, an ancient water aqueduct that ends at the Strouthion Pool
and so much more.
Hezekiah’s Tunnel, the most famous of the Jerusalem tunnels. Kingdom of God – Judah. Amen. pic.twitter.com/vJkMxdDsqZ
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The Siloam Tunnel, also known as Hezekiah’s Tunnel is a water channel that was carved beneath the City of David in Jerusalem in ancient times. The water has flown through the time of the prophets. Waddling your way through water in a deep underground tunnel dating back a few thousand years is a highly unusual experience, but one that is definitely worth it. With that being said, prepare to get wet up to your knees, and wear shoes which are suitable to use in water.
Herodium National Park
Dating back from the first century BCE, King Herod challenged the forces of nature to create Herodium. It is one of Herod the Great’s most ambitious building projects, served the Judean King and is best known in Israel as Herodion and in Arabic as Jabal al-Fureidis. It’s actually a cone-shaped hill, 12 kilometers south of Jerusalem and 5 kilometers southeast of Bethlehem, in the Judaean Desert, West Bank.
The underground tunnels are a lot of fun to go through with kids and the views are incredible. Visitors will agree that the many water cisterns carved out of the mountain, the Roman baths, the ancient synagogue, and more recently, the small theater and Herod’s private room all make this palace an amazing place to visit.
Rosh HaNikra Grottoes
Rosh HaNikra or Hanikra is a geologic formation on the border between Israel and Lebanon. And yes, it also looks like an aqua-colored paradise on Earth. It’s also known as one of the steepest grottos in the world. Situated right at the northern tip of Israel are these amazing caves which have been naturally carved out by the sea. Tourists have been visiting since 1968, when the grottos first became accessible to the public. These days, guests can explore the grottos and caves by themselves or simply follow a trail.
If you like off-the-beaten track traveling Israel’s hidden tunnels are certainly worth adding to your bucket list! Have you visited Israel? Share with us your experiences below!
Photo credit: Courtesy of Israel Ministry of Tourism