The name of the cave was given to her because of the tradition that King Zedekiah, the last of the Judean kings would have hidden it for two or three days before trying to flee towards Jericho, when he was arrested and his sons were killed before him and his eyes were gouged out.

The Zedekiah's Cave in Jerusalem is one of the most amazing places in the Holy City and the largest artificial cave discovery today in the Holy Land.


This cave has nine thousand square meters in a known area, they have about a hundred meters wide and three hundred meters in length form the most complex known underground rooms in Jerusalem.

Some believe that the cave is actually even higher and reaches under the Temple Mount.

According to the ancient Jewish beliefs, the extension of the cave is much larger than you can imagine, it would take the King Zedekiah until very close to Jericho City, and when he left at the end of the complex in the Jordan Valley region is that it It would have been caught by caudeus.

Inside the cave there are also a source that is the source of call of King Zedekiah tears, the water there flows from the pluvia water seeps through the limestone, but archeology authority advises the public to drink it.

Archeology Zedekiah's Cave in Jerusalem

The cave was re-discovered in the nineteenth century, when then the news came to the Europeans, the Masonic identified it as the place where King Solomon would have extracted the rocks for the construction of the First Temple of Jerusalem, which did not have base according to archeology.

The famous British archaeologist Charles Simon Clermont-Ganneau discovered on the wall of the cave entrance hall a recording dating from the First Temple period in a similar animal to a horse with wings.

According to the research done on site, most rocks taken there actually were used for the construction of Herod's Temple, this is due to detail the cuts of the framed rocks, typical characteristic of the impressive work of Herod the Great.

But there is no denying the use of cave rocks in the First Temple, as the lack of withdrawals marks of Solomon's period does not mean that Herod could not have taken the same region as the first builder did.

Freemasonry and the Illuminati in Jerusalem

In the nineteenth century the Palestine Exploration Fund made a number of archaeological studies in the Holy City region, much of the fund's members were Masonic, both English and French as the official of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

Because of the belief of the Masonic (free builders) that this was the site of the quarry of Solomon, they began to perform on site its annual mystical ceremonies, which attracted a large number of visitors on site.

For many years various Masonic events were made in the greatest of all cave halls and only stopped because of the War of Independence of Israel in 1948, when the site was blocked by the Jordanians.

The Zedekiah's Cave in the Contemporary Era

The cave was only made possible for visits after the unification of Jerusalem in 1967 after the Six Day War.

Today, the Cave of Zedekiah is open to the public who can visit this site after paying a small fee at the entrance of the complex, it is located a little further east of Damascus Gate, along the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Zedekiah, the Last King of Judah

Once more the Babylonians set up a king in Jerusalem in the person of Zedekiah, an uncle of Jehoiachin, and accordingly a son of Josiah, called Mattaniah, who afterward was called Zedekiah. He governed for twelve years (597–586 BC), and by his life, morally and religiously corrupt, sealed the fate of the house and of the kingdom of David. The better class among the leading and prominent people had been banished. As a result, the courtiers of the king urged him to try once again some treacherous schemes against the Babylonian rulers and to join Egypt in a conspiracy against them. However earnestly Jeremiah and Ezekiel warned against this policy, Zedekiah nevertheless constantly yielded to his evil advisers and to the warlike patriotic party, who were determined to win back in battle the independence of the country. While he at first, through an embassy, had assured the Great King of his loyalty (Jer 29:3), and still in the 4th year of his reign had personally visited in Babylon as a mark of his fidelity (Jer 51:59), he was induced in the 9th year of his reign to make an alliance with the Egyptians against the Babylonians and to refuse to render obedience to the latter. Nebuchadnezzar soon came and surrounded the city. At the announcement that an Egyptian army was approaching, the siege was again raised for a short time. But the hope placed by Zedekiah on his ally failed him. The Babylonians began again to starve out the city. After a siege of 18 months, resistance proved futile.

The king tried secretly to break through the circle of besiegers, but in doing so was taken prisoner, was blinded by the Babylonian king and taken to Babylon. The majority of the prominent men and state officials, who were taken to the encampment of the conqueror in Riblah, were put to death. The conquered city of Jerusalem, especially its walls and towers, together with the temple, were totally destroyed. Nearly all the inhabitants who could be captured after the slaughter were dragged into captivity, and only people of the lower classes were left behind in order to cultivate the land (2 Ki 25:11). Gedaliah, a noble-minded aristocrat, was appointed governor of the city, and took up his residence in Mizpah. At this place it seemed that a new kernel of the people was being gathered. Jeremiah also went there. However, after two months this good beginning came to an end. Gedaliah was slain by Ishmael, the son of Nethaniah, an anti-Chaldaean, a fanatical and revengeful descendant of the house of David. The murderer acted in cooperation with certain Ammonitish associates and fled to the king of Ammon. The Jews in later times considered the murder of Gedaliah as an especially great national calamity, and fasted on the anniversary of this crime. And as the people also feared the revenge of the Babylonians, many migrated to Egypt, compelling Jeremiah, now an old man, to accompany them, although he prophesied to them that no good would come of this scheme. They first stayed at the border city Tahpanhes, near Pelusium, and then scattered over Upper and Lower Egypt.

“Israel, History of the People,” ISBE, n.p.