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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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  • Lovely to walk around the city, was quite as it was a Friday. Nice to see but not much to do except walk there.  more »
  • This is a wonderful first approach to the old city. Historically significant an impressive along the old City walls. Definitely a must for any visit to Jerusalem. Very impressive. Overall we found the...  more »
  • right next to a mall to sit down and relax before you head into the old city, yes there is a mall and yes the mall is closed on shabbat  more »
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  • 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.
  • The orthodox tend to avoid having pictures taken. I particularly wanted to get the man's hat. Got a couple of women as well. So often they seem to walk quite fast as if they were late for an appointment.
  • Be careful of the traffic. Do your research ahead of time. A lot of history packed into one spot.
  • The connection portal between the old and new cities: on one side the old Jerusalem, on the other side the access to Mamilla mall. Beautiful view