King Hezekiah's Tunnel

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    When the city was defending itself from the approaching Assyrian army in the 8th century bce, King Hezekiah decided to protect the water by diverting its flow deep into the city with an impressive tunnel system.

    This engineering feat was accomplished by digging a 1,750-foot (533 meter) tunnel into the mountain. Two teams started at the ends of the tunnel and met half the way in. The slope has a height difference of merely 30 cm from the beginning to the end.
    This is 700 years before the Romans built their aqueducts! It is considered one of the GREAT mysteries/achievements of engineering of all times.
    An ancient stone carving found near the entrance describes this incredible operation.

    Featured in: (Nov 6, 2011)

    1. pakhet 46 months ago | reply

      Wow! What a story. And I love the shot, too

    2. _*nikki*_ 46 months ago | reply

      thanks for sharing this story!
      wow... i'd feel a little claustrophobic here!

    3. RDGPhotos 46 months ago | reply

      Looks like a bit of a tight squeeze.

      It never ceases to amaze me what our ancestors were capable of accomplishing.

    4. Jen3nidad 46 months ago | reply

      wow! i love this piece of history! smart man he is!

    5. And Smith 46 months ago | reply

      Very interesting shot and commentary - nice to learn something new.

    6. Flavio~ 46 months ago | reply

      Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)


    7. beachcomber beachcombing 45 months ago | reply

      It's jaw dropping fantastic the skills and abilities our ancestors had.
      I love history and King Hezekiah's Tunnel and your commentary is fantastic.
      Your picture is great and almost Indianna Jones like, one might expect the two walls to start moving inward towards the unsuspecting young sightseer

    8. Gatis.P 21 months ago | reply

      Your photo has been included in the description of Palestine by Wondermondo. Many thanks for this valuable picture!

    9. Flavio~ 21 months ago | reply

      Thanks for including this image in Wondermondo images, The picture was taken in ISRAEL!

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