David longed for water and said, "Oh, that someone would get me a drink of water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem!" So the three mighty warriors broke through the Philistine lines, drew water from the well near the gate of Bethlehem and carried it back to David. But he refused to drink it; instead, he poured it out before the Lord. (2 Samuel 23:15-17, NIV).
King David's Wells are three large cisterns, still in use, located just a few minutes from Manger Square, at the end of Star Street. These wells are associated with the site where David's soldiers broke through the Philistine lines in order to get him water to drink. When they returned to the Cave of Adullam, where David, a native of Bethlehem, and his followers were hiding, the king refused to drink from the water his soldiers had risked their lives to fetch.
In 1895 remains of a mosaic from a Byzantine church and an underground monks' cemetery were discovered just beyond the cisterns.
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King David's Wells are located on the property of the Catholic Action Center. The place is situated on a hill, from which a beautiful panoramic view of Bethlehem's Basilica of the Nativity can be seen as well as Herodium in the background.
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