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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

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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every gate is different

It's pretty awesome to try to enter all the gates this one felt a lot more gothic to me than the others

Reviewed 5 days ago
Hillsboro, Oregon
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Hillsboro, Oregon
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It's pretty awesome to try to enter all the gates this one felt a lot more gothic to me than the others

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Montgomery, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked to each of the gates in the Old City, but found this one to have the best people-watching available. There are many benches on either side of the gate and many steps, on which people sit and gather and talk. On Shabbat, we sat and observed many Hasidic men in their Sabbath outfits, beggars, spinach salesmen, merchants pushing... More 

Thank Prof61
Arlington, Texas
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want to visit Via Dolorosa, it will be easier to use this gate. One of the most beautiful gate/entrance at the old city. The moment you enter, there are a lot of shops and Israeli soldiers. Safety is always a concern here. It was Ramadan when we walked at this area. I had to pay a child to... More 

Thank deslock485
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Of all the gates into the old city, this is the most ornate and colorful and also leads to the most colorful part of the old city.

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Puerto Rico
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was my first visit to the Old City of Jerusalem and I entered through these impressive Gates... it was stunning to see the Old and the New, the now and the then as well as feel the strong energy of these walls... a must see if time allows, in Israel! Geeting there and what's around is just amazing!

Thank Dr.Sylvia
The Hague, The Netherlands
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Damascus gate is the Northern entrance into the old city of Jerusalem. It is one of the more inpressive and large gates. Easy to reach going downhill from the hotels in the American Colony area.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

Thank EAhmad73
Kuwait City, Kuwait
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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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Amman, Jordan
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Reviewed 12 March 2017

Surpassing the Gates around Damascus and Cairo themselves, the Damascus gate is something to behold. its also steeped in history, all the way up until recent incidents, you can still see bullet holes in the walls on one side. my only issue is the huge armed police presence, its imposing and gives a sense of unwelcome.

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