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Damascus (Shechem) Gate

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Address: 17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9760500, Israel
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+972 2-625-4403
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
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Built by Suleiman the Great in 1537, this is considered Jerusalem’s most...

Built by Suleiman the Great in 1537, this is considered Jerusalem’s most grand and ornate gate. There are seven gates open: New Gate, Zion, Dung, Jaffa, Lions’ (St. Stephen's), Herod’s, and Damascus (Shechem).

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Jerusalem 2016

One of the main gates to enter the old city of Jerusalem, one of the biggest gate to the old city, amazing architecture, one of the most used gate to old city

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the main gates to enter the old city of Jerusalem, one of the biggest gate to the old city, amazing architecture, one of the most used gate to old city

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Kuwait City, Kuwait
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I use Damascus Gate because I prefer a pilgrim house (St Georges) that is about 10 minutes walk from this gate. The Garden Tomb is along the way. Damascus is busy most of the day and like other gates it's always open. I sat outside the gate the other day and watched the police stop 3 young men at different... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

As one of the entrances to the old city of Jerusalem, it specifically allows vehicular entrance to the Western Wall area.

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Parker, Colorado, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the gate we entered in to do any touring or shopping in the Old City. Close to our hotel, and easy to navigate.

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New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an ancient Roman gate but in its current form was built in 16th century. The gate has two towers and looks massive and magnificent. Passed the gate you can find yourself in the middle of colorful Arab bazaar. You can see people in traditional Arab garb near the gate and in the marketplace. The area is very busy... More 

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of activity here. Vendors abound. The street leading to it is busy with shops. There are steps. There's a surviving Roman arch. Leads into the Muslim Quarter.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is gate to walk through, even if there are some steps to reach it from the outside. It opens up in the inside to the real old city.

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Paranaque, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Damascus gate is where we short cut going to the kotel (western wall). It's everyone's passage... it's an arab place but jews pass thru securely with the IDFs strategically stationed in their posts... Here- everything comes very affordable! bargain your way in from clothes to cookies, food, vegies- they have it! Just look confident, don't show signs of insecurity... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

This gate is probably the most protected gate of all gates. It is due to Arab, israeli issues and the dome of the rock. You will enter the Arab side of the old city. This side will be smells, clothing of Arab culture. Israeli police guard this very strict. After 2pm. If you are not Arab. You an not enter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

Might be too dangerous to go to - but the atmosphere is vibrant - and it is a shame that Israel modernized so much of the rest of the old city - while it is cleaner and beautiful - it lacks a lot of original character and charm - that is more historically accurate - and dare I say 'romantic'.

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