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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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  • One of the unique view in middle east, where all three major religion are accessing the same gate to reach to there holiest sites Right in front of this screen you can see a lot of street vendors, Jus...  more »
  • One of the many avenues of entrance to the old city, perhaps the most widely used because of its proximity to major hotels and at the Tower of David Museum. Majestic and charming, but especially near a taxi stand to organize a tour in Bethlehem or the Herodion.
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  • Exited here and it is amazing to just see the walls. I think you can go up on the walls here but we ran out of time 
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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.