City of David Foundation
City of David tours begin with a breathtaking observation point overlooking biblical Jerusalem, which sends visitors 3,800 years back in time to the days of Abraham when the first foundations of the city were laid. The site tours include archaeological excavations and thrilling biblical finds that span thousands of years of history, including the First and Second Temples, the Gihon Spring, and King Hezekiah’s 2,700-year-old water tunnel.
When you support Hargrave Ministries, you are unveiling and preserving the rich history of the ancient city of Jerusalem.
Pilgrimage Road Engineering Award
Competing with over 170 different projects from around the world, the engineering innovation that makes the excavation of the Pilgrimage Road possible; won first place in the acclaimed International Tunneling and Underground Space competition.
Referring to the unique and unprecedented success of the Pilgrimage Road Excavation in combining a feat of engineering within an active archeological site, the award committee stated, “This is a unique project that uses creativity and groundbreaking means in the field of engineering and archeology.”
Grushko Engineering, who accepted the award, credits the combined skill, expertise, and ingenuity of the City of David, the Israel Antiquities Authority, the National Parks Authority and their engineers for the achievement. “I think this project should be international,” stated Gilad Freiman of Grushko Engineers. “What we are revealing here is everyone’s history.”
The City of David and the Jerusalem Municipality Rededicate Mount Zion Cemetery for Jerusalem’s Poor
New gate installed at the entrance to the Sambuski Cemetery during the restoration
On February 28th, the date on the Hebrew calendar that commemorates the deceased whose burial places are unknown, the City of David joined with the Jerusalem municipality in rededicating the Sambuski Cemetery on Mount Zion.
Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon, offering remarks at the ceremony
The ceremony honored the memory of the indigent Jews of Jerusalem buried in the Sambuski Cemetery, where centuries of neglect left thousands of gravestones desecrated and displaced. Vandalized during the Jordanian occupation of Jerusalem, the cemetery descended deeper into disrepair over the last 50 years.
Before and after the restoration
Over the past few months, the City of David has spearheaded the restoration and rehabilitation of the cemetery to both honor the memory of all of those who are buried there—whether wealthy or poor—and uphold our moral obligation to their dignity in their final resting place.
Mayor of Jerusalem, Moshe Leon, and founder of the City of David Foundation, David’le Be’eri
As stated by the Jerusalem Affairs Minister, who—together with the Mayor of Jerusalem and other city officials—presided over the event:
“The Jewish people cherishes its past and views as an obligation and privilege the respect of its deceased.”