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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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  • We walked to each of the gates in the Old City, but found this one to have the best people-watching available. There are many benches on either side of the gate and many steps, on which people sit and...  more »
  • Much security around the door. Just you enter there are many businesses which sell everything. And hence close already you can reach the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.
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  • If you want to visit Via Dolorosa, it will be easier to use this gate. One of the most beautiful gate/entrance at the old city. The moment you enter, there are a lot of shops and Israeli soldiers. Saf...  more »
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  • An icon of East Jerusalem/ Al-Quds. Damascus Gate is called Bab Al-Amoud in Arabic and is one of seven gates of the old city. Facing north, It is the grandest and busiest. The steps of Damascus Gate offer plenty of space to sit and watch people and merchandise going in and out of this fully functional old city.
  • I think this is a bit crazy to review a gate to the Old City of Jerusalem, but here we are in 2016. My 2016 review is that I thoroughly enjoyed a serving of the seasoned corn from the vendor under the archway. Good service and fair (enough) price. We exited at about 7:30 p.m. on a weekday, having come from the vicinity of the Western Wall on the way to our hotel. A long long time ago my review might have gone like this - We go through here almost every day, but I have to say that I find the stairs difficult when I'm carrying purchases or my wares to sell. However, the people are friendly and I have many friends who take this route. I am so glad that there's a gate close by.
  • One of the busiest gates to enter the old city. Loads of great shops and one of the only 24hr snack spots
  • Impressive gate in the old Jerusalem protection wall to the north
  • Another world. Going back in time.