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5 things to know about the Gihon Spring:
- Until about 20 years ago, the Gihon was a rhythmic spring, whose waters would spring up (megichim) powerfully from the ground every few hours, and then gradually weaken. Hence the name of the spring – Gihon.
- The volume of water coming from the spring is about 75,000 liters per hour – about 50,000 1.5 liter bottles. The quantity of water coming from the spring in a full year is about 650,000 cubic meters.
- According to the account in the book of Kings, King Solomon’s coronation took place next to the Gihon Spring.
- In Arabic, the Gihon Spring is called Ein Umm Al-Daraj, named for the long staircase that leads to the spring.
- Over generations, mystical significance has been attributed to the spring and its waters have been considered to have healing powers.