Gihon Spring, Jerusalem

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The Gihon Spring or Fountain of the Virgin in the Kidron Valley was the main source of water for the Pool of Siloam in the City of David, the original site of Jerusalem. One of the world's major intermittent springs—and a reliable water source that made human settlement possible in ancient Jerusalem—the spring was not only used for drinking water, but also initially for irrigation of gardens in the adjacent Kidron Valley which provided a food source for the ancient settlement.The spring rises in a cave 20 feet by 7. Being intermittent, it required the excavation of the Pool of Siloam which stored the large amount of water needed for the town when the spring was not flowing. The spring has the singular characteristic of being intermittent, flowing from three to five times daily in winter, twice daily in summer, and only once daily in autumn. This peculiarity is accounted for by the supposition that the outlet from the reservoir is by a passage in the form of a siphon.The spring is under the control of the Israeli settler organization Ir David Foundation ("El'ad"); it is sometimes used by Jewish men as a sort of mikvah.NameThe name Gihon is thought to derive from the Hebrew Giha which means "gushing forth".The name Fountain of the Virgin derives from legend that here Mary washed the swaddling clothes of Jesus.
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  • Read about it in Biblical stories. This is the source of life for anhydrous Jerusalem. Tunnel 500 meters, the difference of heights of 10 m. Built on the orders of Hezekiah, King of Judah. Construction of the stunning. Disputes about its construction and design a lot. But that's not important. Important impression.
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