24 June, 2021

A City Coveted, Contested

It is a town that has been fought over 16 times in its history, destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times and captured and recaptured 44 times

A City Coveted, Contested
  • 3500 BC First settlement on the land comes up around 3500 BC, first houses are built in subsequent years and the first construction of the city wall is done in 1800 BC

  • 1000 BC King David conquers Jerusalem, declares it the capital city of Jewish Kingdom; his son King Solomon builds the first Jewish temple in 960 BC
  • 586 BC As the Jewish kingdom starts weakening after Solomon’s death, it is subjected to attack from various other forces; subsequently, the city is destroyed and the Jewish temple demolished by the Babylonian army.

  • 539 BC Cyrus the Great conquers the Babylonian empire, including Jerusalem, allows exiled Jews to return to city and build the Second...
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