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Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem

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Historic Site Landmark
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. Using our international travel planner, Jerusalem attractions like Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • One of most beautiful entrances to the old city. Both pedestrian entrance for vehicles and it has a taxi rank. From here you can take the entrance to the promenade by the walls and from here enter the Souk in the city. Entering the left an office of tourism and public baths and to the right there is the Tower of David and the beginning of the Armenian quarter.
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  • Place living close to shops and overlooking the old town. The Exchange is nearby (good rate), entry to the Christian quarter and the Armenian quarter. The post office is nearby.
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  • Used this gate several times during our visit, since our hotel was close to this gate. The magnitude of these gates is a must to see!  more »
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  • What a great place to walk. Felt safe. Get ready to haggle. Don't take any price they give you.
  • This is a great historical spot. Great place for people-watching. Many great restaurants close by. As well as souvenir shop. Is the entrance to the David Street Market. Many vendors in the David Street Market. The Choppa gay is a great meeting place. There's a large Plaza off of it in which there are shows a musician.
  • A beautiful historic site teeming with culture. The municipality organized a free concert there as part of a cultural project and I must say it was very enjoyable! The walls of the Old City of Jerusalem stretch around this picturesque site and i definitely recommend it as a site to see.
  • Great place. Historically significant. Very multi-cultural.
  • Just a beautiful part of the old City. Tourist loaden. Information center for Christian holy sites and activities. You enter right into the Muslim quarter, though.

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