Jerusalem, the water reservoir of Hezekiah

P.Z. (Photochrome Zurich)

Circa 1895

Photochrome, Vintage, 22,5 cm x 16,5 cm, Collection Privée

This water reservoir is considered a masterpiece of King Hezekiah who ruled the Kingdome of Judah from 716 to 687 BC. This water reservoir, which was built by the Assyrians, was used to provide water for Jerusalem. There is a 533-meter-long tunnel connecting the Gihon River, which is outside the city, to the reservoir within Jerusalem itself. This achievement is one of the most remarkable of the pre-classical era.

Francis Frith (1822-1898), The Pool of Hezekiah, Jerusalem, 1858, 16 x 22 cm, Tirage albuminé, ⓒThe J. Paul Getty Museum
Jerusalem, the water reservoir of Hezekiah
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