The historic Pool of Siloam — the nearly three millennia-old public pool in the City of David in which Jewish pilgrims would purify themselves before journeying on to the Temple and which the New Testament records as the site where Jesus healed a blind man — is to be fully excavated and opened to modern-day pilgrims in the coming months, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced Tuesday.
“Due to its great significance, over the past 150 years the Pool of Siloam has been an attraction for archaeologists and researchers from all over the world,” the IAA said Tuesday in a joint statement with the City of David Foundation and the Nature and Parks Authority. “Now it is expected to be fully exposed for the first time and to be open to the general public.”
The mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Lion, said the long-awaited opening will further enrich visitors to the holy city.
“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,” he said.
The historically and religiously significant pool is believed to have been constructed around 2,700 years ago, during the reign of King Hezekiah (late 8th century…