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Damascus (Shechem) Gate

17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9760500, 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 9760500, Israel
+972 2-625-4403
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Reviewed yesterday

We took a walk around old Jerusalem wall and also visited this gate. Damascus Gate is considered the most beautiful and impressive gate, for its architecture and decoration, from the eleven gates of the old city wall of Jerusalem, of which seven are open.

Thank discoverpaths
Reviewed 1 week ago

This gate is a short walk from the Damascus Gate stop on the light rail line. It is the biggest and most imposing gate to the city. There are steps leading from the street to the gate where people can sit and people watch. I...More

Thank Rebecca P
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Damascus gate leads you to the Kotel via the Muslim quarter. A few days before our visit two police officers were killed in the vicinity. Nablus Road leads to the Damascus Gate directly from the Garden Tomb. Great to look at and take a few...More

Thank boutyeh
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem. It was closed earlier after the two police officers were killed near the Lions Gate and all but one Gate was then closed. Gate close to our hotel and have quick entrance into the city.

Thank AttyVette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed the architecture here. This leads to the Muslim Quarter so walking in here immediately gives you the impression of how everyone here lives.

Thank Charles M
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This major entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem is busy all day long. Unfortunately of recent times, it has become a location where the local population has taken to terrorize and attack both civilians and visitors with knives and other weapons. One of the...More

Thank Bezalel_Schendowich
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Each of the gates of the Main Temple in Jerusalem are unqiue and worth seeing. They present facets of the old temple that are special and passing through you takes you to interesting sections of the old city. I really felt a sense of the...More

Thank GregWB1955
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Right through the very pretty Damascus gate you can see the Arab market, a noisy and hectic place where you can bargain for anything from silk scarves to spices. It is a very interesting part of the old city. Also the Jerusalem light rail station...More

Thank stuartled
Reviewed 25 June 2017 via mobile

An interesting point in the Old City, but I found it rather hectic & intimidating, due to the bustling jam-packed crowds & sheer volume of armed police/soldiers/guards in the area, owing to it being near the end of Ramadan.

Thank lrnnnn
Reviewed 19 June 2017

Great for people watching. We learned the hard way: DO NOT try to exit when it's a Friday in Ramadan: swimming against the tide big time!

Thank Travellers62
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