WATER - THE WATER CISTERN

Developing a proper water supply system has always been a challenge for the Jerusalem area.

Throughout the centuries different aqueducts, pools and cisterns have been made to divert, channel and maintain water for the city and the Temple. We will now explore three waterways that brought and held water for the people, the Temple and their needs.

First, an ancient Hasmonean Water Cistern. Next, a Hasmonean aqueduct that brought water to the cistern near and under the Temple. And finally, the "Struthian Pool," which dates back to Herod's time.

The following illustration shows where these various water sources were in connection to each other and the Wall.

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INTRODUCTION - WATER - THE WATER CISTERN 

 

Developing a proper water supply system has always been a challenge for the Jerusalem area. Throughout the centuries different aqueducts, pools and cisterns have been made to divert, channel and maintain water for the city and the Temple. Here in the "Tunnels" we are going to explore three areas of waterways that brought and held water for the people, the Temple and their needs. First, we are going to examine an ancient Hasmonean Water Cistern. Then we will explore an ancient Hasmonean aqueduct that brought water to the cistern near and under the Temple. Then we'll explore a pool developed by Herod, named the "Struthian Pool." The following illustration shows where these various water sources were in connection to each other and the Wall.

 

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