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Jaffa Gate

Gates of the Old City

Jaffa Gate

The only gate on the city's western side, Jaffa Gate is the most popular one today for Jewish residents and tourists. The Arabs call this the "Gate of the Friend," […]


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Lions Gate

Gates of the Old City

Lions Gate

The Lions Gate gets its name from the four ornamental lions placed midway up the wall by the builder Suleiman the Magnificent. The gate is also known as St. Stephen's […]


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Eastern Gate (Back Side)

Gates of the Old City

Eastern Gate (Back Side)

The Eastern Gate, also known as the Golden Gate or the Mercy Gate, is a large and beautiful gatehouse built in approximately AD 640. The room inside has been used […]


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Tanner’s Gate

Gates of the Old City

Tanner's Gate

Built in approximately AD 1200, the Tanner's Gate is older than the present city walls. The Turkish architects who constructed the present Old City fortifications walled up the gate in […]


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New Gate

Gates of the Old City

New Gate

At only 120 years old, this is the newest of the entrances into the Old City. The gate was cut into the northwestern side of the city in 1887 in […]


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Herod’s Gate

Gates of the Old City

Herod's Gate

Herod's Gate is known in Hebrew as the "Flowers' Gate." The English name is a misnomer as the gate has no relation to Herod the Great and his kin known […]


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Eastern Gate

Gates of the Old City

Eastern Gate

The Eastern Gate (Golden Gate) is the only gate that provides direct access to the Temple Mount, and it is the only gate that has been sealed for hundreds of […]


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Damascus Gate

Gates of the Old City

Damascus Gate

The central and largest gate on the northern wall of the Old City, the Damascus Gate gets its name from the destination of the road leading north. Israelis call this […]


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A Quiet Time

The Western Wall

A Quiet Time

The Western Wall is not always a beehive of activity. There are quiet times when only a hand full of people are present. You can visit the wall live via […]


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Assembling

The Western Wall

Assembling

The Western Wall Plaza is usually jam-packed with people on special feast days like Passover or Hanukkah. The military also uses the plaza for special ceremonies that attract many on-lookers.

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