Gates of the Old City
St. Stephen's Gate
Different theories account for the naming of this gate, including one which puts it back to Omar’s conquest of Jerusalem in 638 A.D. when trash was cleared out of the city through this gate. It is also known as the Gate of the Moors because of the North African immigrants who lived in a neighborhood next to the gate in the 16th century.
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Old City Gates, General
The Old City Gates (Jewish Virtual Library) Brief information on each gate with helpful links to relevant in-depth topics throughout the text.
The Jerusalem Post Millennium Special: Keys to the Treasure Trove – Jerusalem’s Old City Gates. Article giving historical details about each gate. Small pictures.
AJE – Jerusalem 3000 (Agency for Jewish Education) Interesting facts about each gate with an educational emphasis. Not all the links work, but the site is still fairly easy to navigate. Starts at Jaffa Gate; from there you can tour around the wall in either direction.
Jerusalem within the Walls (Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs) A concise summary of Old City landmarks, focusing on the eight gates.
Jerusalem: Old City Gates (Christian Travel Study Programs, Ltd.) Contains many unique facts not frequently cited about the Old City’s Gates.
The HOPE – The Twelve Gates of Jerusalem – artist’s drawings of the gates of the city.
Jaffa Gate (BibleWalks.com) A lengthy history of the area with several high-resolution photographs.
Jaffa Gate (3DIsrael) A real-life description of what you would see as you enter the city through this busy gate.
Zion Gate (BibleWalks.com) A brief history of the gate with a number of large photographs.
Visiting the Temple Mount (by Lambert Dolphin) Contains an informative section on the Golden Gate, explaining many of the traditions and views associated with the blocked Eastern entrance to the Temple Mount.
Lions Gate/St. Stephen’s Gate
Live from the Western Wall (by Yossi Ronen) Describes the role of Lions Gate in the 6 Day War, including the entrance of the paratroopers into the Old City through the gate.
Keys to the Treasure Trove – Jerusalem’s Old City Gates (Jerusalem Post) Descriptions of most gates around the old city.
Damascus Gate (The Jerusalem Mosaic) Spotlight on Damascus Gate in the Roman-Byzantine period.
The Wall and the Damascus Gate (The Jerusalem Mosaic) The building of the current wall and gates in the Ottoman Period.