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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  • August 16, 2017
    Gate and useful. Part of the Tower from the Bible the seasonally from the Turks in the 17th century (sultan Süleyman the magnificent) combined with breakthrough to cars from Kaiser Wilhelm at the beginning of the 20th century. Leading into the complex anyway. It has huge mezuzah many insist. There are 90 degrees of access, for purposes of defence and security. Close to the Intelligence Bureau, the police, the old town market. 80% of the tourists coming through the gate.
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  • August 12, 2017
    Will make use of many people, the meeting place of the Jerusarem Free Tour information center is close by. Here at East Jerusalem's Gate is closed in case 7/14 (gate is closed but the next), as long as tourists, we go in and out.
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  • August 1, 2017
    We found this to be the most inviting entry into the Old City. It was open and you could find anything in the Old City from the Jaffa gate.  more »
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  • July 7, 2017
    What a great place to walk. Felt safe. Get ready to haggle. Don't take any price they give you.
  • May 12, 2017
    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.
  • March 23, 2017
    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.
  • July 9, 2017
    Great place. Historically significant. Very multi-cultural.
  • June 21, 2017
    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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