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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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  • There is a free shuttle bus that will take you to the Dung Gate, it leaves every 20 minutes from the parking area at First Station, this makes parking more convenient. 
  • The eight gates of the city fortified by Suleyman the magnificent, are interesting, each one with its history and its legend, this was used for the landfill
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  • The nearest gate to the wailing wall. Were built during the construction of the walls when Suleiman the magnificent. It is this gate is designed for the entry of cars.
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  • Muito bom!
  • History merged with daily life. Very much quintessentially life in the holy land.
  • Currently used as the main entrance to the Holy temple area, in the past it was used to discard the trash, hence the name
  • Odd name for the gate to one of the holiest sites in Judaism.
  • Beautiful place