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Cistern Entrance 3
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View from inside the cistern looking out at the narrow, final, descent into the cistern.  Note the remnants of a "bench" on the right side of the image

This cistern is cruciform in shape.  According to the excavator, this cistern was constructed during the days of the United Monarchy (David and/or Solomon; 1010-930 BC) and went out of use in the early seventh century BC.  The excavator estimates that it could hold 57,600 gal. (218,000 l.) of water.

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