The Old City Gates, Jerusalem

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    Old City Jaffa Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Jaffa Gate is also known as David's Gate. It is a stone portal in the historic Western walls of Jerusalem's Old City.
    It is one of eight gates in Jerusalem's Old City walls out of eleven which were built by the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent and one of seven gates which are open now.

    The Jaffa Gate is so named because it is the portal for Jaffa Road, the precursor to the modern highway to the ancient port of Jaffa (now Tel Aviv) and the Mediterranean coastal plain.
    We have been told a legend that every conqueror of Jerusalem will enter through the Jaffa Gate. Thus when German Kaiser Wilhelm II visited Jerusalem in 1898, Ottoman authorities breached the city wall right next to the gate so that he could enter believing he was going through the Jaffa Gate.
    I entered the Old City through the Jaffa Gate, haha! It happened on April Sunday – on western Christians Easter and Jewish Pesakh at the eve of eastern Christians Easter.
    As the westernmost of the gates, it is heavily used by pedestrians and vehicles, and the plaza in front of the gate has been expanded to connect with new Mamilla shopping district outside the Jaffa Gate.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 36.13" N 35° 13' 39.50" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Jaffa Gate.

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    About The Jerusalem Gates And Walls

    by imran8852 Updated Apr 4, 2007

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    Favorite thing: The walls of Jerusalem and what's left of today after being rebuilt from different periods of times. The walls, which is 21/2 miles in circumference and measure 40 feet high in height has 34 towers and 8 gates.
    The gates are, The New Gate, Damascus Gate and Herod's Gate in the northern wall. St. Stephen's Gate and The Golden Gate in the eastern wall and lastly, There's The Dung Gate And Zion Gate in the southern wall and Jaffa Gate in the western wall.

    Fondest memory: Seing And Praying In Masjidil Al-Aqsa

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    Old City Northern Walls

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The length of the Old City Northern Walls is about 1 kilometer.
    You will find three gates into the Old City from the Northern Walls: the Herod's Gate, the Damascus Gate and the New Gate.
    The Damascus Gate is the most gorgeous and the main north-facing gate of the Old City.
    The Herod's Gate is another gate in the Northern Walls. It is located in the northeastern part of the wall. It adjoins the Muslim Quarter, and is a short distance to the east of the Damascus Gate. I didn’t use it to enter the Old City.
    The New Gate is located in the northwestern part of the wall and faces north.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 44.01" N 35° 13' 32.01" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Old City Northern Walls.

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    Old City Damascus Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Damascus Gate is also known as Shechem Gate or Nablus Gate. In Arabic it is Bab-al-Amud, meaning Gate of the Column. This was the northern entrance gate to the city at the time of the Crusades.
    The modern gate was built in 1542 by the Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent.
    In Hebrew it is called Sha'ar Shechem, meaning "Shechem (Nablus) Gate". It has the same name in Russian.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 54.45" N 35° 13' 49.00" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Damascus Gate.

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    Old City Eastern Walls

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: Old City Eastern Walls have the most magnificent view.
    The walls were built by the Ottoman Empire under the direct supervision of Sultan Suleiman in the XVI-th century. The walls stretch for approximately 4.5 kilometers and rise to a height of 5–15 meters, with a thickness of 3 meters.
    Altogether the Old City walls contain 43 surveillance towers and 11 gates, seven of which are presently open.
    You will find two gates into the Old City from the Eastern Walls: the Lions' Gate and the Golden Gate, which is closed.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 39.41" N 35° 14' 20.68" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Old City Eastern Walls.

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    Old City Lions' Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Lions' Gate is also known as St. Stephen's Gate or Sheep Gate. It is one of seven Gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls which are now open.
    It is located in the northeastern part of the wall. The entrance marks the beginning of the traditional Christian observance of the last walk of Jesus from prison to execution, the Via Dolorosa. Near the gate’s crest are four figures of panthers, often mistaken for lions, two on the left and two on the right. They were placed there by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent to celebrate the Ottoman defeat of the Mamluks in 1517.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 51.16" N 35° 14' 14.34" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Lions' Gate.

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    Old City Golden Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Golden Gate is the oldest of the current gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls. In Jewish tradition, this is the gate through which the Messiah will enter Jerusalem. Ottoman Sultan Suleiman I sealed off the Golden Gate in 1541 to prevent the Messiah's entrance. The Muslims also built a cemetery in front of the gate, in the belief that the precursor to the Messiah, Elijah, would not be able to pass through, since he is a Kohen.
    In Arabic it is known as the Gate of Eternal Life. In ancient times, the gate was known as the Beautiful Gate.

    In Christian tradition the gate was the scene of a meeting between the parents of Mary, so that Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate became a standard subject in cycles depicting the Life of the Virgin.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 45.39" N 35° 14' 22.38" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Golden Gate.

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    Old City Southern Walls

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The length of the Old City Southern Walls is about 1 kilometer.
    You will find two open gates into the Old City from there: the Zion Gate and the Dung Gate.
    The Zion Gate, that separated the Old City of Jerusalem, which was under the rule of Jordan, and Mount Zion, under the rule of Israel, remained closed until the year 1967 and was only opened after the Six-Day War.

    You can watch my 3 min 59 sec HD Video Jerusalem Old City Walls out of my Youtube channel.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 26.47" N 35° 13' 59.04" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Old City Southern Walls.

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    Old City Zion Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 13, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Zion Gate was built for Suleiman the Magnificent in 1540 in a tilted way with a very sharp angle for the purpose of stopping any enemy attack on it.
    It is located in the southern wall of the Old City, facing Mount Zion and Hebron. The Zion Gate leads into the Armenian and Jewish Quarters. Zion Gate is also known as David's Gate, or Bab el-Daoud in Arabic or Shaar David in Hebrew. The tomb of King David is believed to be on Mt. Zion.

    The Star of David on the pavement below the gate was designed by architect Shlomo Aronson.
    Both pedestrians and vehicles use the gate, although maneuvering is difficult due to the L-shaped passageway (you can see it on my photo, haha!), which is barely wide enough for a single car. Until recently, there was two-way vehicular traffic passing through the gate.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 22.21" N 35° 13' 47.73" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Zion Gate.

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    Old City Dung Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 13, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The Dung Gate is also known as Sha'ar Ha'ashpot or Gate of Silwan.
    The gate is situated near the southeast corner of the Old City, southwest of the Temple Mount.
    The gate is the closest to the Western Wall and is a main passage for vehicles.

    Directly behind the gate lies the entrance to the Western Wall compound. Buses stop on the road outside the gate, because the increased number of buses had cluttered up the bus stop inside the Old City walls.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 27.62" N 35° 14' 1.87" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Dung Gate.

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    Old City Western Walls

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Written Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The length of the Old City Western Wall is about 1 kilometer. You can enter the Old City through the only gate of the Western Wall – the Jaffa Gate.

    There is a small square separating the Christian and Armenian Quarters inside the Jaffa Gate. The Christian Quarter is to the north, on the left, and the Armenian Quarter is to the South, on the right. One of the entrances to the Arab marketplace is just inside the Jaffa Gate. It is just opposite the Gate on the direct way.
    Running along the high city walls, south and on the right of the Jaffa Gate there is the Citadel of Jerusalem, usually called the "Tower of David," a Jerusalem and the Old City landmark.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 38.29" N 35° 13' 33.25" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio Old City Western Walls .

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    Old City New Gate

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Mar 12, 2010

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    Favorite thing: The New Gate is the newest gate in Jerusalem's Old City Walls. At the time when Suleiman the Magnificent built the wall, a small wicket gate was situated in front of the current gate, which was rarely opened. By 1875, in order to provide a passageway to the neighborhoods which were beginning to develop north of the Old City, the Ottomans made a breach in the northern part of the structure and closed the original opening.

    The modern gate was built in 1898 to provide direct access to the Christian Quarter for the visit of the German Emperor Wilhelm II.
    It is also called the Gate of Hammid after the Ottoman Sultan Abdul Hamid II.

    You can watch my high resolution photo of Jerusalem on the Google Earth according to the following coordinates 31° 46' 22.24" N 35° 13' 47.81" E or on my Google Earth Panoramio New Gate.

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    A little tour through Jaffa Gate

    by Carmela71 Updated Mar 22, 2004

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    Tal, me and Zohara

    Favorite thing: Down Jaffa Gate, there is a big parking place.

    We began our route around Jerusalem through this gate, crossing the Christian quarter, until we arrived to the Western Walls, later the walked through the Jewish quarter, and visited the Cardo as well.

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    Jerusalem, old, new and beautiful

    by Gili_S Updated Mar 8, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Visit the old city, take a walk on the narrow streets, walk up to the walls and feel the history around you. Visit also the King David Tower just in the outskirt of the Jaffa gate.

    Fondest memory: And, by the way, a phonecall to god cost only 1cent per min. in Jerusalem, they say it is because it is a local call here.

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    Visit the different gates....

    by sandravdp Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the different gates. Jaffagate, Damascusgate, Lionsgate etc. All very beautiful!

    Fondest memory: On the picture: Jaffagate.

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