Saturday, June 17, 2023

What is the current condition of Solomon's Pools?

 The current condition of Solomon's Pools is in need of renovation and restoration. Neglect has caused the walls of one pool to collapse, and the oldest pool is in poor condition

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 The pools were fed mainly by rainwater and two springs that no longer exist
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 In 2017, the U.S. Consulate funded a $750,000 restoration of the 2,000-year-old Solomon's Pools near Bethlehem with hopes of making it a tourist site
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 The restoration project aims to restore the three ancient pools that provided water to Jerusalem around the time of Jesus
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 The restoration will include the repair of the collapsed walls, and the restoration of the oldest pool
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 The restoration will also include the installation of a water treatment system to ensure the water is safe for visitors
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 The restoration project is expected to attract more tourists to the area and help preserve the heritage site
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how do Muslims use the water from Solomon's Pools today

Muslims do not use the water from Solomon's Pools today as the pools are no longer used as a source of water for Jerusalem or any other city. The pools were fed mainly by rainwater and two springs that no longer exist
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 The water system based on Solomon's Pools has provided water to Jerusalem, on and off, for two millennia, all until 1967
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 The pools were built by Prophet Suleiman (Solomon) some 3,000 years ago in ancient Palestine, and the two channels were built with metal and stone to supply Jerusalem residents and pilgrims with water
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 For hundreds of years, Solomon's Pools supplied visitors with fresh water
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 However, the pools were neglected until Ottoman Sultan Osman II restored them in the 17th century
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 Today, the pools are a heritage site and a tourist attraction
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