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Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel — The Middle East
 

The Large Stone Structure

The Remains of King David's Palace?

 

מבנה האבן הגדול

 
The Large Stone Structure Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
1. The Large Stone Structure Marker
Inscription. "And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar - trees, and carpenters, and masons; and they built David a house" (II Samuel 5: 11)

Excavations in progress at this site since May 2005 conducted by Eilat Mazar, have revealed the remains of a large building, known as the Large Stone Structure. Finds uncovered in relation to the structure indicate that it was built in the early 10th century BCE during the reign of King David. In Mazar's opinion the building can be identified with the royal "House of Cedar," King David's Palace. Other scholar's contest this view.

The excavation is still underway and many of the City of David's secrets remain hidden in the ground.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the City of David Tour marker series.
 
Location. 31° 46.433′ N, 35° 14.157′ E. Marker is in Jerusalem, Jerusalem District. Marker is on Ma'alot Ir David Street just east of Ma'ale HaShalom, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. This historical marker is located just off of the roadway, inside the "City of David - Ancient Jerusalem" facility, which offers visitors a tour of both historic and archaeological sites that are part of the Ancient City of David. It is situated
The Large Stone Structure Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
2. The Large Stone Structure Marker
View of the historical marker situated over an ongoing excavation, protected by a temporary overhead shelter.
at Stop Two of the City of David historic tour route, which is located at an ongoing archaeological excavation, that is protected by a temporary overhead structure.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Royal Quarter (Area G) (a few steps from this marker); The House of Ahiel (a few steps from this marker); The Burnt Room and the House of the Bullae (a few steps from this marker); Beit Hatzofeh Lookout (within shouting distance of this marker); The Water System (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); Double Gate Monumental Stairs and Observation Plaza (about 210 meters away); Ritual Baths and Water Conduits (about 210 meters away); Western Wall (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jerusalem.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order shown.
 
Categories. Forts, Castles
 
The Large Stone Structure image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
3. The Large Stone Structure
View looking east, towards the Kidron Valley, of the ongoing excavation of the large stone structure on the top of the ridge that the City of david was built upon.
The Large Stone Structure image. Click for full size.
By Dale K. Benington, March 12, 2013
4. The Large Stone Structure
View of the temporary walkway and walling at the ongoing excavation of the larger stone structure, that is located atop the City of David.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. This page has been viewed 514 times since then and 42 times this year. Last updated on April 1, 2013. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 27, 2013, by Dale K. Benington of Toledo, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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