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Damascus (Shechem) Gate

17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9760500, 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 9760500, Israel
17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9760500, Israel
+972 2-625-4403
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank Jeffry B
Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank kcwebster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Thank Marina L
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This gate is as a chapter opening into history . Walking around the old city of Jerusalem you come arcoss several gate like Morracco to enter the mount . This gate is you peep into the great markets and the touristy place Makes the city...More

Thank kamakshi2015
Reviewed 8 December 2017

Grand entrance that leads to the Souk Khan el Zeit, the vegetable market, the Muslim Quarter and the Christian Quarter. Can be very busy, but that adds to the charm. The presence of the Israeli soldiers spoils the atmosphere, but otherwise, this also leads to...More

Thank fm86
Reviewed 6 December 2017

This and the Jaffa Gate of the Old City are probably the only gates worth seeing. The really interesting thing about this gate it that it's entered downhill, while all the others are entered uphill for obvious reasons. The gate can get clogged with stallholders...More

1  Thank macedonboy
Reviewed 13 November 2017

When we were here, the Muslim quarter was not open to the public. We didn't know about the opening hours so we wasted a bit of time here, as there was nothing to do for tourists at that time.

Thank MegaRobin
Reviewed 12 November 2017

To walk the road to Damascus, to get the revelation, the insight. Not for everyone. But entering here, you will have the arabian market inside. And a short cut, to Via Dolorosa. And a good place to climb the wall, walk on top of the...More

Thank Martin B
Reviewed 9 November 2017

serve as a gateway to visit the old town. if you are on your own without joining any group tour, bus no. 124 to Palestine is here

Thank platinumSingapore
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

We used this beautiful gate to enter the old town. If you are not close to this gate, you can skip it, it's not more special than the others.

Thank mahlegrand
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