Zidkiyahu’s Cave – also known as Solomon’s Quarries – is a 5-acre (20,000 m2) underground meleke limestone quarry that runs the length of five city blocks under the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was carved over a period of several thousand years and is a remnant of the biggest quarry in Jerusalem, having once stretched all the way from Jeremiah’s Grotto and the Garden Tomb – a traditional Protestant site of Jesus’s burial – to the walls of the Old City.
The entrance to Zidkiyahu’s Cave is just beneath the Old City wall, between the Damascus and Herods Gates, about 500 feet (150 m) east of the former. Beyond the narrow entrance, the cave slopes down into a vast 300-foot-long auditorium-like chamber.
The most revered legend about the cave is that it served as the quarry for King Solomon’s First Temple. However, there is no historical or archaeological evidence to support this. (The meleke limestone of the quarry– which is strong, well suited to carving, and resistant to erosion – is thought to have been used for royal buildings. The name “meleke” is derived from Hebrew and Arabic words meaning “kingly” or “royal”.)
Concept of the event: Inspired by King Solomon, biblical royal style feast inside the cave
Description of the Event: Guests will arrive to the Citadel and will be greeted by the sound of harp and flute coming out of the cave. Along the route, waiters dressed in simple biblical white clothing will offer the guests a glass of aperitif, or a little canape, MC, who have seen and experienced the city’s history will greet the guests and introduce them to the location. After half an hour of reception, MC will invite guest to take a sit.
Notes: sound, lights, generator, furniture, catering, kitchen, toilets facilities, etc. should be outsourced.
Event at the National Treasure – Zidkiyahu’s Cave –once in a lifetime experience!
Location: Old City Jerusalem
Capacity: up to 250 pax round tables