Gates of Jerusalem

Jerusalem’s Old City walls, built in the early 16th century by the Turkish Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, have eight gates. All but one (the Gate of Mercy) still serve Jerusalemites and visitors streaming to its markets, and sacred and historic sites.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
c. 1300 BCE Golden Gate Gate of Mercy is the only eastern gate of the Temple Mount is one of only two that used to offer access into the city from that side. In Arabic, it is known as Bab al-Dhahabi also written Bab al-Zahabi, meaning "Golden Gate"; another Arabic name is the Gate of Eternal Life. The gate is located in the northern third of the Temple Mount's eastern wall.
c. 1537 CE Damascus Gate is flanked by two towers, each equipped with machicolations. It is located at the edge of the Arab bazaar and marketplace in the Muslim Quarter. Accessing the gate from outside the stairs descend towards the gate. N/A
c. 710 BCE Jaffa Gate, Bab al-Khalil, "Hebron Gate"; also Arabic, Bab Mihrab Dawud, "Gate of David's Chamber"; Crusader name: "David's Gate") is a stone portal in the historic walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It is one of seven main open gates in Jerusalem's Old City walls.
c. 710 BCE Zion Gate built in July 1540, west of the location of the medieval gate, which was a direct continuation of the Street of the Jews (also known the Cardo). Six sentry towers were erected in the southern segment of the wall, four of them situated in the Mount Zion section. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, shops were built along the length of the southern wall which were torn down during the British Mandate.
c. 710 BCE Dung Gate known in Arabic historically as the Moroccan or Mughrabi Gate (Arabic: باب المغاربة‎) and since medieval times also known as Silwan Gate, is one of the gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Situated near the southeast corner of the Old City, it was built in the 16th century.
c. 710 BCE The Lions' Gate, Arabic: باب الأسباط‎, also St. Stephen's Gate or Sheep Gate) is located in the Old City Walls of Jerusalem, Israel and is one of seven open Gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls. Near the gate’s crest are four figures of leopards, often mistaken for lions, two on the left and two on the right.
c. 710 BCE Herod's Gate, (Arabic: باب الزاهرة‎, Bab az-Zahra Flowers Gate) is a gate in the northern walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It connects the Muslim Quarter inside of the old city to the eponymic Palestinian neighbourhood of Bab az-Zahra, situated just outside.
c. 710 BCE The New Gate or Bab es Sultan Abd ul Hamid built in 1889 to provide direct access between the Christian Quarter and the new neighborhoods then going up outside the walls. The arched gate is decorated with crenelated stonework. The New Gate was the name used by the Ottoman administration.
c. 1150 CE Tanners' Gate is located in the Old City's southern wall, near the Dung Gate. It is the second oldest entrance into the Old City, a pedestrian gate probably built in the 12th Century by the Crusaders near a cattle market (hence the name). Suleiman the Magnificant filled in Tanners' Gate when he built the present-day Old City walls, gates and towers.
Latest Update: October 26, 2018
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