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 Arabic name 'Bab al-Khalil' (Gate of the Friend) for Jaffa Gate is taken from the Arabic inscription at the entrance: "There is no god but Allah, and Abraham is his friend." In 1898, a large area was opened in the wall beside the gate in order to allow the German Kaiser Wilhelm II to remain on his horse when he entered the Old City on a state visit.
This is another busy gate as it is the main access point to the Christian Quarter from Jaffa Road. There is a Tourist Information Office just inside. To get the sense of the local flavour of the Old City, try walking down along David Street through the Shuk rather than turning right into the Armenian Patriarchate Road. Jaffa Gate is also busy for another reason, a touristy one: as the portal connecting the Old City Jerusalem to the modern European-style Mamilla Shopping Mall. The new area, seemingly out of place, is like stepping into a time machine.
Verdict: Quite busy and touristy, but well worth the visit. Recommended. Grade A-minus.
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