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“Currently sealed”

Ranked #48 of 311 things to do in Jerusalem
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Owner description: Also known as Gate of Mercy or Gate of Eternal Life, Golden Gate is one of the four closed gates of Old City Jerusalem. The seven open gates are New Gate, Zion, Dung, Jaffa, Lions’ (St. Stephen's), Herod’s, and Damascus (Shechem).
Reviewed 23 May 2013

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

The Golden Gate is currently sealed. According to a Muslim tradition, one that was later adopted by the Jews, the Messiah will someday come through this gate to Jerusalem and will bring with him salvation. According to Christian tradition, Jesus entered Jerusalem through this gate, now commemorated by the celebration of Palm Sunday.

There is no way to get anywhere near the Golden Gate from the outside, and the inside section is within the Temple Mount premises. When I tried to get to the Golden Gate by entering the Temple Mount area through the El-Ghazali Square and the seemingly deserted Temple Mount exit, armed guards promptly escorted me out!

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Reviewed 22 April 2013

This gate is only a small part of the historic walls of Jerusalem. I don't know what I expected to feel in what is probably the most significant city in the world, but I found it noisy, bustling and very friendly, especially away from the centre. The ordinary people were cheery and noisy and the knowledge that we were walking the same streets as Jesus was very beautiful and very humbling.

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Reviewed 12 April 2013 via mobile

Looked at the gate from the mouunt of olives across the valley. I guess like most of these sites they need some interpretation, we were lucky enough to have a guide who knew his Israel and was able to give us at least a basic understanding of what we were looking at. For that reason alone I would recommend getting a guide from time to time.

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Reviewed 17 January 2013

Though it may not look like much now, i'm looking forward to seeing Jesus walk through those bricked up arches!

Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed 1 November 2012

This gate has so much significants to the Judeo-Christian and Muslim faiths! Definitely worth a wizz by, but most importantly is understanding its relevance to the different faiths!

Historically Sultans have blocked it up.

Worth a visit.

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