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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 30 December 2013

If you are fond of walking be sure look for this very important architectural feature either on your way to or from the Mount of Olives to the Dung Gate.

Its double arches are unmistakable and with a telescopic lens on your camera you can examine the stonework in greater detail. Each of the gates of Jerusalem's old city walls is different and signifigant in its own right. The Golden Gate even more so because it relates directly to the Temple Mount as the epicentre of the Jewish people. In the ancient world it was their Jaffa Gate, Route 1 and Ben Gurion arrivals hall all rolled into one !

I usually catch a cab to the Mount of Olives to visit the Grave of the Ohr ha-Chaim and then descend into the Kidron Valley to gaze at the tombs. On my way back I walk slowly up and along the roadways towards the Dung Gate.

The Golden Gate, with the attendant Muslim Graves in front, is to one's right. Set into the stones of the old city walls, it is quite unlike any of the other gates and this alone is noteworthy. Be sure to read up on its religous and historical signifigance before you go.

Shortly after passing it and nearer the entrance to the City of David you will note excavations at varying depths. It is fun to try and figure out if these were homes or shops. This also gives you an idea of where and what the 'street level' leading up to the Golden Gate must have been like. Perhaps there were steps and or a plaza leading up to it.

If possible time your visit for a sunny or at least clear day as the full majesty of this often overlooked feature will be more readily evident. Also be sure to look back, standing with the gate behind you to get a feel for the landscape from which visitors in ancient times were coming.

As you approach the Dung Gate you will notice how common and even 'modern' it seems in comparison. You will I am sure think of it as you pass through the other city gates during your stay in Jerusalem.

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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.

Thank 321malcolm
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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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