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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