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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  • This is the second most important gate. Usually people say that Damascus gate is more importabt. But sure Jaffa Gate is better conserved than it.  more »
  • The jaffa gate was the way for us to get to the holy sepeca,we had to walk through may markets on the way. Many things to see and buy lots of pomegranate places to get a drink. just watch the armenian...  more »
  • After going through these gates you get immediately into another world: the right tourist information, purchase tickets for tourist bus review through the old town, right Arab market left the Tower of David, which is held in the evening laser show. After passing through the Arab market, turn left to the Temple of the Lord.
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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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