Abraham's Gate

Bronze age mud-brick gate known as Abraham's (Bab e Ibrahim) due to the Biblical narrative of him traveling to Dan with his nephew Lot. It may have been the main entrance to the city, made of mud bricks on top of megalithic basalt standing stones, and estimated to have been built around 1750 BCE.

circa 1750 BCE

Eastern most Canaanite bronze age gate, is made of mud bricks on top of megalithic basalt standing stones. Dubbed as the Abraham's Gate, due to the biblical story that Abraham traveled to Dan to rescue his nephew Lot.

circa 1750 BCE

The gate before it was fully excavated in 1988 CE. This was one of the unique findings in the Dan excavations, and soon after a special protecting canopy was installed to covered it in order to prevent future damages to the ancient gate.

circa 1750 BCE

Close up of the gate circa 1988 CE, before excavations. The Biblical mention of the gate is in Genesis 14:14, "And when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his trained servants, born in his own house, three hundred and eighteen, and pursued them unto Dan."

circa 1750 BCE

1988 Drawing of the gate, it is composed of three arches and constructed of sun-dried mud brick on a foundation of large basalt stones. According to the archaeologists it is the oldest arch in the country and may have been influenced by the Syrian urban life.

circa 1750 BCE

View from atop the gate with basalt stone pavement leading up to the gate.

circa 1750 BCE

During the reconstruction of the gate, the archaeologists prepared similar bricks to fill in the missing segments. These bricks were prepared using the ancient techniques of placing the mud into a mold, then baking it in the sun. The new bricks were laid out in the gaps. A number of such bricks are seen along the front of the left wall.

circa 1750 BCE

The bronze model of the gate in front of the remains of the eighteenth century main entrance to the cty of Dan.

circa 1750 BCE

The top of the gate, with some of the newly made sun-baked bricks in the upper left corner. The gate was restored in the late 2000s.

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