The History of the Valley of Kidron in the Holy Land

The History of the Valley of Kidron in the Holy Land
The History of the Valley of Kidron in the Holy Land
For most of the year, the Kidron Valley is dry and desolate. When heavy rains fall north of the city of Jerusalem, the Brook Kidron, which gives the valley its name, becomes a torrent.

In the Middle Ages, Muslims called it Wadi Jehannum, or Gehenna. In the fourth century A.D., the name became the Valley of Jehoshaphat and is now Wadi Sitti Miriam, or Valley of Lady Mary.


For centuries, the valley has been a burial place for Muslims, Jews and Christians. All three religions say the Mount of Olives and the Golden Gate above the Kidron Valley will bear significance in end time events.

Tomb of Zechariah
Tomb of Zechariah

The Mount of Olives and the ancient closed Golden Gate to eastern Jerusalem lie across the valley from each other. The valley begins north of Jerusalem, where it is the Wadi-al-Jos and stretches to the Dead Sea.

Fun Fact

The most photographed structures in the valley are the so-called tombs of Zechariah, James the Less, and Jehoshaphat and Absalom's Pillar.

Famous Ties

King David escaped from Absalom by crossing the Kidron Brook. Kings Asa, Hezekiah and Josiah ordered idols and instruments of pagan worship destroyed there. Jesus crossed the valley to enter Jerusalem and pray on the Mount of Olives prior to his crucifixion.

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