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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  • June 28, 2017
    This door located in the city of David and next to the [Museum] Davidson Center is also known as the door of the garbage
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  • May 4, 2017
    The Dung Gate (also known as Moroccan Gate) is one of the southern entrance to the Old City, closest to the Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock holy sites. This is a 16th century gate that is less e...  more »
  • February 17, 2017
    We entered through this gate on our way to Davidson Center archeological park. The gate had some bullet holes from 1948. It was built in 16th century but enlarged in early 1950s. It allows for pedestr...  more »
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  • June 14, 2017
    Enter here for archeological park
  • January 30, 2017
    The modern and ancient world collide every day at this gate. What a great place to people watch!
  • March 21, 2017
    The sight from this gate across the street is much more interesting than this gate itself - you will see the cemetary, City of David and archeological excavations showinhg two exquisite, beautiful, amazing shrines.
  • June 16, 2017
    I like this gate too.
  • February 28, 2017
    Modern and mysterious place

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