Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem

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With a gracefully pointed lintel and high precision-cut stone blocks, Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil) welcomes visitors from two directions--the only one of Jerusalem's eight gates to do so. Located on the western wall of the Old City, it resembles a tower projecting from fortified walls. Climb the wall of the gate to get a sweeping view of the bustling city, and explore side doors and corridors for a better understanding of the military significance of the structure. Inaugurated in 1538 by Suleiman the Magnificent, the gate guards the road to Jaffa; the square just beyond it has entrances to the Muslim, Christian, and Armenian quarters. Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil) is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our international travel planner, Jerusalem Edition.
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  • gate is very well connected by buses taxis. it is the most happening entry point to city. tourist info, eateries and a phenomenol street shopping area  more »
  • There are maybe 7 gates to the old city - this one conveniently leads to some of the main streets, making it easy to reach many of the important sights. Make sure you have a map or you'll definitely g...  more »
  • Well preserved structure, which gives access to the old town. Very charming evening. We saw it always open.
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  • The Jaffa gate is one of many around the walls of the old City. There was a music festival held just outside this gate that happens I believe every year in Jerusalem. There is easy access to a walking tour atop the old City walls just inside and to the left of the gate. Just outside the Jaffa gate you step into a very modern looking square compared to for example exiting through the Damascus gate where outside it feels much older with markets and shops all around.
  • Had a great day wandering around the old town and visiting the attractions and bizarre like stores. I walked above the roofs to take some photos. Good vantage point for pictures. Had a few coffees on route around the old town was a tad expensive. But hey no tourist price. Haggle in the bizarre as they don't put price tickets on. You can pay extra to walk around the walls and also pay extra for the museum. But the rest of the place is free. Expect to stay there for a few good hours to explore
  • Jaffa Gate is kinda one of the main entrances to the old city of Jerusalem. The city wall is quite tall here and it is a convenient way to start the city tour. There is also a chance to walk on the ramparts here.
  • Great meeting point. Good tourist info. Shops are more upscale than average, but the smart buyer will bargain hard and double-check how much something is priced in his own currency before handing over one's credit card.
  • A busy entrance into the Old City of Jerusalem. Vehicles and pedestrians pass in and out of this gate in mass. From here you can climb up on top of the wall for the Ramparts Walk Tour. Tickets are sold right at Jaffa Gate. From on top it's not so busy. There are free public restrooms on the north side of the gate up some stairs.
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