Damascus (Shechem) Gate, Jerusalem

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On a tour of Jerusalem’s Old City, stop by and admire Damascus (Shechem) Gate, one of the main entrances in the wall that envelops the old part of town. The current gate structure was built in 1537 under Suleiman the Magnificent and the Ottoman Empire, but its origins date back to the first century BCE, when the Romans had control of the area. Admire the vast stone walls and towers of the gate, or step inside the walls, where you’ll find the busy Arab marketplace. To visit Damascus (Shechem) Gate on your holiday in Jerusalem, and find out what else Jerusalem has to offer, use our Jerusalem travel itinerary planner.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Accommodation near so well and took advantage. Gate other than fine carving, the gate was to take. Close to the tram station.
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  • August 12, 2017
    This gate is a short walk from the Damascus Gate stop on the light rail line. It is the biggest and most imposing gate to the city. There are steps leading from the street to the gate where people can...  more »
  • July 30, 2017
    And perhaps the most prodigious of the 7 open doors for access to the walled city, gives direct entrance to the Muslim quarter.
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  • July 13, 2017
    One of the most notable gates of old Jerusalem. The major difference is, however, you can seat in nice steps facing towards the gate. Very pleasant at the evening time (specially, for tired you on walking the entire day at the old city).
  • July 6, 2017
    Second-century great Roman architectural strong hold
  • June 21, 2017
    i've been at Jaruselam for 2 days. it was a great experience, been in a holy place where many prophets were walked once. Also to see and witness the israeli occupetion! every muslim must visit jaruselam.
  • January 17, 2017
    Quite well maintained and clean place. One of the entrances to narrow streets to the old city. Heavily fortified though, best is to go without any luggage to be able to navigate narrow streets and avoid hassle at security scanners close to temple mount and the wall.
  • January 19, 2017
    It is an above average gate, but at the end of the day it is still just a gate. Good for taking photos but the experience is over in under 5 minutes.

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