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“Notice the 90 degree turn inside the Gate”

Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil)
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Private Tour: Old City Jerusalem with Rampart Walk and Western Wall and New...
Ranked #24 of 312 things to do in Jerusalem
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The main entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City faces the west toward the old port of Jaffa, and is located next to one of the city’s best-known sites, the Tower of David or Citadel. There are seven gates open: New Gate, Zion, Dung, Jaffa, Lions’ (St. Stephen's), Herod’s, and Damascus (Shechem).
Reviewed November 3, 2012

What I find to be most interesting about the Jaffa Gate, and other old gates in city walls all over the ancient world, is the 90 degree turn within the Gate itself which served at least two functions: in case of invasion the defenders could pick off the invaders in single file as they try to enter; and any horses or chariots would have to slow down as they enter the city. Functional and necessary to the preservation of the city and its peace. Just outside is a new and very modern outdoor shopping mall offering high priced clothing and other goods, but once inside Jaffa Gate the world changes into an ancient maze of market stalls which have changed very little over the centuries. You go from the modern world to the Biblical world in an instant.

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Reviewed September 19, 2012

Good place to start the tour inside the old city. Nothing really special but really beautiful. I was really amazed when I first saw the place.

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Reviewed August 17, 2012 via mobile

Nearest to City Hall lrt, the Jaffa gate is facing the direction to Tel Aviv Jaffa Port; near this gate is the travel companies offices, and tourism information office. Taxi cab here always ask for fix rate, always bargain prices. Nice fine dining restaurant outside the walls are in the Mamilla mall.

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Reviewed August 6, 2012

full of small shops. all souvenirs anda typical food.
mainly arabs
must argue all prices. great selection

Thank jack n
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Reviewed July 25, 2012

You should check the whole area if you want to see a real piece of history.
I am not talking about 40 hundred years history or so.
This is goes way beyond. 2000 years and much more.

A MUST see!!

Thank Gidi_Farkash
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