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Damascus (Shechem) Gate

17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9761190, Israel
+972 2-625-4403
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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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17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9761190, Israel
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"muslim quarter"
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"old city"
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"bustling market"
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"armed police"
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"american colony"
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"israeli soldiers"
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"falafel"
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"via dolorosa"
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"narrow streets"
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"western wall"
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Reviewed 4 days ago

good location you can walk to old town Jerusalem and enter in Damascus Gate. There is no pool at this hotel. Food was ok ran out of popular items.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's the most beautiful gate of all Jerusalem. At the same time you feel the tension. There is a fruit and other foods market as soon as you step in. Go straight, and that wil;l take you to the Western Wall and Via Dolorosa. Make...More

Thank Dudy D
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Built in 1537, Damascus is one of 7 gates still open to enter Old Jurusalem. The gate is fascinating by its imposing size and architecture details. Crossing this gate, you will enter a very Old World and be in contact with the Muslim Quarter. You...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On the one side of Damascus Gate is a busy dual carriageway, buzzing with modern city life. On the other...wow, you step back 3000 years. This is near the bus station you need for the bus to Bethlehem.

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

The Damascus Gate was our usual way into the old city having got off at the so named light rail tram stop. It is a well preserved gate giving a real impression of the city walls. There are armed police on duty at the gate...More

Thank AJV06
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

You can really feel the history of medieval Jerusalem here. Some say this is dangerous area, but for us it was just a normal entry to Old Town. It was early Morning (6 AM) when walkig through the gate to Muslim quarter. Fascinating narrow streets,...More

Thank Kari V
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

You will pass the inevitable Damask Gate several times. A very cramped approach from the interior of the Holy City. Wide stairs are suitable for sitting. There is also a shade in the vicinity, which is suitable for a short break.

Thank Majav62
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Reviewed 30 March 2018

Damascus Gate (Arabic: باب العامود, literally translated Bäb al-‘Amüd [“Gate of the Column”]; Hebrew שער שכם‬) is arguably the main entrance to Old City Jerusalem. Facing Damascus, Syria, the road from this city gate first leads to Nabulus, which according to Talmud (Hebrew Bible) was...More

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Reviewed 7 March 2018

Some said that this was an unsafe zone. I personally didn't find it any different from other gates and quarters in Jerusalem when it comes to safety. No one bothered me when I was walking through the Muslim quarter. It is just like entering a...More

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Reviewed 28 February 2018

I would highly recommend a guide when you first go in this area(we used Dvir who is just incredible ... you can find him as we did here on trip advisor). As an tourist the sight of multiple Israeli soldiers and some tower outposts can...More

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