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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. 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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  • Our first foray into the Old City - the shopkeepers were just way too pushy and made me very uncomfortable. Visiting again the next day we found a similar experience - again only near the Jaffa Gate. ...  more »
  • North of Israel if it has a lot of ancient history a lot of cool thing to see you recommend going with a guide help too.
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  • Excellent option to learn a little of our Catholic history, remember to hire a good guide to go explaining all about all the historic sites Christians
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  • Visited on a friday during shabbat. Interesting place to visit and must see in jerusalem
  • Spent a lot of time walking in this area. It was down the street from my hotel. The Sandman free tours meet and start here. The plaza just outside the gate is a great place to people watch.
  • Lovely place. Come at night or day it's beautiful. It's called "Jaffa" because back in the day this road led all the way west to the Jaffa city port.
  • Most beautiful but also most crowded entrance to the old city. Walking tours over the rampage start here. Mamilla underground parking is right there. From the point of architecture the Zion Gate might be more interesting, though.
  • Impossible to miss it. Your visit of the old city should start from there. Recommend to get cash before hand, as it's easy to get ripped off in the Old City.