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Solomon’s Pools

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Opening Hours: All day long.
Al Khader, Bethlehem

Located 3 Km south of Bethlehem near the village of Artas, are the Solomon's Pools , the closest perennial springs to Jerusalem. The Pools are located at an altitude above that of the city; hence it once provided one of the oldest and most reliable water supplies. The three rectangular shaped pools/cisterns can hold up to 116,000 cubic meters of water. Partly excavated from rock and partly built, these huge reservoirs collected spring and rain water and pumped it into Bethlehem and as far as Jerusalem using the sheer force of gravity. Adjacent to the Pools lie the remains of an ancient Ottoman fort set in a beautiful grove of pine and cypress trees. The actual reservoirs were in use up until 1946.

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