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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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  • The architecture is the grandest in scale of all gates and worthy of your inspection upon visiting Old City. The surrounding area is also the most authentic in view of what life was like centuries ago...  more »
  • Beautifully preserved and impressive gate a must if entering the old city. Perfect for photos but very busy as its the only entrance on the south side  more »
  • If there is one thing that all religions are up to grab in Jerusalem is the almighty dollar (or euro to that matter). It is depressing seeing how everything is about business, which goes hand on hand ...  more »
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  • 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).
  • Second-century great Roman architectural strong hold
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.