Dung Gate, Jerusalem

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The Dung Gate is one of the gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was built in the 16th century.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 coming out of the Old City and for buses headed to the Western Wall. It was originally much smaller, but was enlarged in 1952, after the Old City came under Jordanian control in 1948. After its capture by Israel in 1967, architect Shlomo Aronson was commissioned to renovate this gate. Directly behind the gate lies the entrance to the Western Wall compound.NameThe name Sha'ar Ha'ashpot appears in the Book of Nehemiah 2:13-14. It is probably named after the residue that was taken from the Jewish Temple into the Valley of Hinnom, where it was burned. This ancient "Dung Gate" may not have been in the same location as the modern gate.The name Moroccan gate (Bab al-Magharibeh) refers to the Moroccan Quarter, which was situated near the area until 1967.The name Silwan Gate refers to the village of Silwan that lies just south of the gate.
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  • The tour bus dropped us off here a couple of times, but it wasn't convenient for us to use when walking from our hotel. There's a little stand outside the gate that sells delicious sesame bagel-pretze...  more »
  • The Dung gate is one of eight gates into the Old City. It is the closest gate to the Western wall and the temple mount. It is a busy point with city buses, taxis and tour buses. It is one of the secur...  more »
  • When you step out of these gates of the old city to the new, like a stranger from the Holy places and cute in the sounds and rhythms of modern Jerusalem. It's like the border of the past and the future
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  • If you don't have a your guide that can clearly explain the significance of these places in Jerusalem then the experience won't be as beneficial to you. It will just be a historical site to visit. It's well worth the tour of Old and New Jerusalem.
  • This place is do special historical and spiritual. You should listen to all the stories about it, cause all of the stories you'll find interesting
  • I think the history is incredible here
  • One of the 8 gates of the Old City of Jerusalem This is the gate you need to find when you want to enter Dome of the Rock Coffee stand right across the street
  • Nice historical site. Near to public transportation

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