published : 2023-09-07

Steps where Jesus walked and healed a blind man unearthed for first time in 2,000 years

New archeological discovery unearths steps into the Pool of Siloam

A photo of the Pool of Siloam, showcasing the recently unearthed steps. Taken with a Nikon D850.

A new excavation project in Jerusalem has revealed steps unseen for over 2,000 years at a site where Jesus is said to have healed a blind man.

The Pool of Siloam, a biblical site cherished by Christians and Jews, will be open to the public for the first time in 2,000 years.

Recent progress in the excavation revealed eight steps descending into the Pool, which had not been seen since the time when Jesus walked the earth.

The ongoing excavations within the City of David — the historic site of Biblical Jerusalem — affirm the millennia-old bond Jews and Christians have with Jerusalem.

An aerial shot of the City of David, highlighting the historic site of Biblical Jerusalem. Taken with a DJI Mavic Air 2.

The City of David Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving and developing ancient Jerusalem, is leading the excavation project.

The half-mile running through the City of David, from the Pool of Siloam to the footsteps of the Western Wall, represents the most significant half-mile on the planet.

According to estimates, the Pool of Siloam was constructed about 2,700 years ago and went through various stages of development.

The Pool is mentioned in the Gospel of John, where Jesus is described as having restored the sight of a man born blind.

A close-up image of ancient stones at the Pool of Siloam, evoking the rich history of the site. Taken with a Canon EOS R6.

A small section of the pool has been accessible to the public for several years, but the majority is still being excavated.

Rev. Johnnie Moore, president of the Congress of Christian Leaders, emphasized that the discovery affirms the story of the Bible and Israel's connection to Jerusalem.

The pool was first revealed in 2004 during infrastructure work, and subsequent excavations by the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered more of its structure.

In the coming years, visitors to the City of David will have the opportunity to witness the factual history for themselves and walk upon the ancient stones.