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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