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Damascus (Shechem) Gate
باب العامود

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Historical Site
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Open Open 24 hours
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: 17 Sultan Suleiman, Jerusalem 9761190, Israel
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Phone: +972-2-6254403

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The entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem, the well-known Damascus Gate, dates back to the second century, the Roman City era. The gates at that time were three times the current ones, like the Arc de Triomphe, and there was no continuous wall. Later, when it rebuilt the city wall, it became the guard room. What is impressive is that the remains of the Roman gate still exist, including the arch hole engraved with legal provisions made by colonial rulers. Damascus Gate, also known as Shechem Gate or Nablus Gate, is a gate on the north side of the Old City of Jerusalem. The city gate was built in 1542 by Suleiman the Great of the Ottoman Empire. The gate has two towers. The original city gate was built during the Second Temple period. During Hadrian's period in the 2nd century AD, the Romans built a new gate. In front of the city gate stands a Roman Victory Column, from which the Arabic name "Pillar Gate" of Damascus Gate gets its name. During the British Mandate, the Roman gate was excavated, but the Victory Column was not found. During the Crusades, this was the north gate of the city.

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