Pinsteps. Israelite Gate, Solomonis Gate, Tel Gezer, Israel
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"Solomon's Gate" is the southern gate of the Israelite city. The gate consists of three rooms on either side of a passageway. A stone bench exists along the walls in each of them. In the room to the far left, a large stone basin was found. The floor of the passageway had a rainwater drainage channel covered with paving stones. On both sides of the gate's outer opening, towers were incorporated into the city wall. The entrance, very similar to those discovered at Hazor and Megiddo, was probably built in the 10th century BCE. It shows evidence of a significant fire, which can be attributed to the violent conquest by Pharaoh Shishak in 925 BCE. The connection between Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer is also reflected in the following verse that describes Solomon's building activities: "This was the purpose of the forced labor which Solomon imposed: It was to build the House of the Lord, his palace, the Millo, and the wall 'of Jerusalem, and [to fortify] Hazor, Megiddo, and Gezer" (1 Kings 9:15).

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Tel Gezer, Israel

A walk along Tel Gezer reveals the most unexpected and amazing moments of the distant past. The oldest Hebrew inscription was found here. The giant pagan altar of Canaan was found here. The city gates of the times of King Solomon were found here. Spring is the best time for walking. A green carpet of lush grass covers the hill slopes, and trails lead to the cold waters of a natural spring in the middle of wheat fields.

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