As shown by the drawing, Jerusalem originally occupied only the area known as the City of David. King Solomon expanded the city, building a royal palace and the Temple north of David’s city. Under King Hezekiah in the eighth century, the city expanded to the west. After the exile, according to some views, the city contracted to its Solomonic size. Author David Ussishkin, however, believes the returning exiles repaired the walls that encompassed the larger Jerusalem of Hezekiah’s time.