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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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"bustling market"
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Reviewed yesterday

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 3 weeks ago

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.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

The site where most invasions and facts happened in the History of this city, amazing trip in time as one passes through. Inside, old Jerusalem with its arab quarter, movemet, smells and sounds. Amazing

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Reviewed 8 February 2018

Damascus gate, is one of the central ways into/out of the OLD city It has it all! Food, shopping, and the occasional stabbing attack! I like too sit with a bottle of wine on the grass and watch the whole World go by. Watch the...More

Thank Dan V
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Reviewed 12 January 2018

The Damascus Gate is one of the main gates for entry into the Old City of Jerusalem. It has been there since the city walls were built by the Ottoman emperor Suleiman the Magnificent in 1537. The gate was damaged in the Six Day War,...More

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Reviewed 5 January 2018

My wife and I visited the Old City of Jerusalem for 12 days in November, 2017. During our time there we hired a private guide for 4 days. Our guide told us directly, do not go to the Damascus Gate unless you are looking for...More

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Reviewed 1 January 2018

It is interesting to come out of the old city via various gates and feel the texture of different neighborhoods.

Thank Marina L
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