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“Busy place!”

Damascus (Shechem) Gate
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Ranked #41 of 308 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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).
Lafayette, Indiana
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“Busy place!”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

The main gate of the Old City. There is a lot going on around this gate. Shopping, markets, the bus station and a type of 'garage sale' outside of the gate. It is quite a site to see and the entrance will take you to one of the main, convenient roads to many of the sites in the Old City. I found it easy to navigate the city by entering this gate although Herod's Gate was closest to my hotel.

Visited September 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Nice and old gate”
Reviewed 30 July 2013

Impressive old gate and still standing.
Usually they sell fruits and vegetables over there and its lovely entrance to the old city.

Visited September 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“Ideal Spot for Ogling”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

Background: The walls around the Old City Jerusalem were built by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1542. Most of the gates within these walls were designed by Siran, an Ottoman-Turkish architect.

Considered the main gate to the Old City, Damascus Gate (or Nablus Gate) was built on the site of an older gate that dated to the Roman times. Its Hebrew name is "Sha'ar Shkhem," (Sechem Gate) since the next city northward is Sechem (or Nablun), then followed by Damascus in Jordan.

There is a sunken plaza preceding the gate and, from the vantage point at street tram-level, you can see the daily ebb and flow of activity around this elegant gate. Friday is a particularly busy day as devout Muslims stream in and out. Oftentimes, the plaza converts into a bazaar where merchants sell everything from t-shirts and shoes, jewelry and drinks, flowers and clothes.

Verdict: A perfect spot for people watching. Just grab a falafel, sit down and ogle. Grade A.


Visited June 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“take a second to watch the action”
Reviewed 11 April 2013

Its really just a passage way, but you should take a moment to watch the action of the passerbys. Also, glance below street level at the park below,

Visited November 2012
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Hitchin, United Kingdom
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“One of the best places in Jerusalem for people watching”
Reviewed 16 February 2013

Interesting to see some of the previous comments. One of my favourite spots on Jerusalem is at the small Armenian coffee shop just down inside the City at the Damascus Gate - the ideal place to sit and watch the world go by while drinking some of the best 'Arab' coffee. Outside the gate depending on the day and time there are fruit and vegetable sellers, just inside a perfume mixer, and all those interesting small Arab shops, one of which has newspapers. The gate is easy to.reach by tram, and on a Friday one can watch Muslim worshippers streaming down in the morning, back up in the afternoon, and then Jewish worshippers heading down to the Wall in the evening. There are often armed police here, and I imagine there is the potential for trouble occasionally, but if you like to people watch without necessarily taking intrusive photographs, this is the spot!

Visited November 2012
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