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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 2423625, Israel
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This Damascus gate, from East Jerusalem to the Muslim quarter of the old city, is full of life, both inside and outside. Multiple shops, cafes, street market are escorting you to the gate from the outsite. Everything is available and a busy hive of activities....More

Date of experience: May 2019
Thank Toleznod
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It was out of our way to enter the Old City on our latest trip to Jerusalem. Since we were staying just off Jaffa Road it was easy to enter the city through the New Gate or Jaffa Gate. But on our last visit we...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank unclelouie
Reviewed March 17, 2019

This is a grand gate that leads into the Muslim Quarter. It is by far the biggest gate of the ones we entered through. I believe this one was built by Suleyman the Magnificent.

Date of experience: February 2019
2  Thank Hint_of_Pepper
Reviewed March 16, 2019

Sheruts (shared minivans) from Tel Aviv will leave you there, at Damascus Gate. The gate is the most well preserved of all the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem (only 7 are open now) with a great architecture. I learned a lot about its...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Mary-Li-Yuan
Reviewed February 14, 2019

If one is Jewish this is not a safe gate to hang around. It's far safer to walk in through Shar Yaffo and turn right, or through Zion Gate. Stay safe!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank wsarah2018
Reviewed February 10, 2019

When you step in, you are already in the middle of the arab market, with fruits, speces, etc. The gate itself is an intereting structure.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 545medva
Reviewed January 25, 2019

This gate is interesting because you can actually see an opening from Herod's time down below the main entrance today.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank LookingForFamilyFun
Reviewed January 20, 2019

I'm not sure if places become safer the more guarded they are, or if they're so guarded b/c they're unsafe (I'm sure the latter was at least accurate at one time, but does it result in the former? I don't know). Anyway, we had no...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Brittany_11_10
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

This is the gate I utilized the most in my most recent stay in the old city. This takes you straight into the Muslim quarter. It is safe during the day with high security. There is a parking lot where you may park in case...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank S L
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

Damascus Gate is always a highly interesting site in Jerusalem. When you go through it coming from Nablus Road you dive into another world. The Arab market opens up immediately behind it, and you can make a lot of observations there. Damascus Gate is a...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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