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Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • It itself isn't that exciting but walking from Modern Jerusalem into the Old City through this gate is "one of those moments". And it can become very familiar quickly, eve with short visits to the are...  read more »
  • In recent years I've limited my entry into the Old City to the Jaffa Gate....the immediate area outside the gate offers spectacular views of parts of Jerusalem...outside/inside there are enough street...  read more »
  • impressive height of the wall, the Tower of David just next door watching back them and forth to people entering the city of David
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