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“Pure History”

Damascus (Shechem) Gate
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Owner description: 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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“Pure History”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

Even though the main entrance is Jaffa Gate, this is definitely one of the busiest ones and most important ones. Different to Jaffa Gate, stairs descend towards the gate which gives you a great panorama of whats going on there. This gate looks basically like the entrance to a market, but if you take the first intersection to the right, it will take you to the Holy Sepulcher Church. There are lots of places to get souvenirs, just remember that arabs like to bargain, so dont take the first deal you get because it will be most likely that they are trying to rip you off. Outside Damascus gate there is a bus station which takes you to several places nearby, like Bethlehem. So why pay 90 usd for a tour? Bethlehem is a safe place and Palestinian people are very friendly and welcoming.

Check my full Bethlehem review if you need more information about going to Bethlehem.

Visited December 2013
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“Busy place!”
Reviewed September 22, 2013

The main gate of the Old City. There is a lot going on around this gate. Shopping, markets, the bus station and a type of 'garage sale' outside of the gate. It is quite a site to see and the entrance will take you to one of the main, convenient roads to many of the sites in the Old City. I found it easy to navigate the city by entering this gate although Herod's Gate was closest to my hotel.

Visited September 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“Nice and old gate”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Impressive old gate and still standing.
Usually they sell fruits and vegetables over there and its lovely entrance to the old city.

Visited September 2012
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“Ideal Spot for Ogling”
Reviewed May 22, 2013

Background: The walls around the Old City Jerusalem were built by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1542. Most of the gates within these walls were designed by Siran, an Ottoman-Turkish architect.

Considered the main gate to the Old City, Damascus Gate (or Nablus Gate) was built on the site of an older gate that dated to the Roman times. Its Hebrew name is "Sha'ar Shkhem," (Sechem Gate) since the next city northward is Sechem (or Nablun), then followed by Damascus in Jordan.

There is a sunken plaza preceding the gate and, from the vantage point at street tram-level, you can see the daily ebb and flow of activity around this elegant gate. Friday is a particularly busy day as devout Muslims stream in and out. Oftentimes, the plaza converts into a bazaar where merchants sell everything from t-shirts and shoes, jewelry and drinks, flowers and clothes.

Verdict: A perfect spot for people watching. Just grab a falafel, sit down and ogle. Grade A.

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Visited June 2012
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“take a second to watch the action”
Reviewed April 11, 2013

Its really just a passage way, but you should take a moment to watch the action of the passerbys. Also, glance below street level at the park below,

Visited November 2012
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