Golden Gate (Bab el Rahmeh, Sha'ar Harahamim), Jerusalem

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The only sealed gate in the Old City, Golden Gate (Bab el Rahmeh, Sha'ar Harahamim) also stands as the oldest entrance to the ancient quarters. Archeological findings suggest that the present gate was built in the Byzantine era on the foundations of a much older gate, dating back as far as the 5th century BCE. Jews believe that the Messiah will come from Mt. Olive to the city through this gate. Legend has it that sultan Suleiman the Great sealed the gate to prevent this, and Ottomans built a cemetery in front of it for the same reason. Our Jerusalem vacation trip planner makes visiting Golden Gate (Bab el Rahmeh, Sha'ar Harahamim) and other Jerusalem attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • This is a gate where it is the site of Jesus's entry in Jerusalem upon His return and the arab leaders in time gone by blocked the entrance so as to stop Jesus from entering the city.  more »
  • One must ascend to the Temple Mount to see the gate from within. Having been blocked hundreds of years ago by the Muslims this gate is the oldest of the 8 city gates and has beautiful architecture.  more »
  • All my life i heard stories how Jesus/Isa AS/the Messiah would break through the 2 doors, the door of mercy and the door of repentance and lead the believers through into the holy land of Jerusalem bu...  more »
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  • My Lord and Savior Jesus will enter through this gate... will have to open soon!
  • Mistranslated from greek oraia (Acts 3:2: beautiful) to latin aurea (golden). Gate of Mercy in Nehemia 3:31. Traditional place of Joseph and Mary first encounter. Ezekiel 47: the river of life goes out from the Temple to the Dead sea. The Messiah would enter through it Since he is also son of Aaron, priest, Muslims would have put their cemetery in front of it to forbide him the way (ritual impurity on bones).
  • Walk from outside the Lion Gate, south through the Muslim graveyard with the Mount of Olives in the distance. Here you will find the Golden Gate. It is through here that Christ will one day return. What is now sealed, will be opened. An amazing place to visit.
  • Real beautiful construction. You also get great views across the Kidron Valley at the 1st century monumental tombs on the Mount of Olives.
  • Entrance to the old city of Jerusalem