Gates of the Old City
Different theories account for the naming of this gate, including one which puts it back to Omar’s conquest of Jerusalem in AD 638 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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For historical images, see the Gates of Jerusalem’s Old City and Damascus Gate pages at Life in the Holy Land. For a Bible chapter related to the Old City’s gates, see Acts 7.
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 Gates of Jerusalem (Israel Travel) Includes short paragraphs about the gates of Jerusalem.
Portals to History and Conflict: The Gates of Jerusalem’s Old City (Reuters.com) Easy to read, and accompanied by four small images.
The Gates of Jerusalem | A Comprehensive Guide to Ancient Jerusalem (Sar-El) This longer article is illustrated with some lovely photos.
The Gates of Jerusalem (Jewish History) This article looks explicitly at biblical mentions of gates in Jerusalem, and how that correlates with what we see now. It comes from an 1850 publication by Rabbi Joseph Schwarz titled Descriptive Geography and Brief Historical Sketch of Palestine.
Jerusalem Within the Walls (Israel MFA) A concise summary of Old City landmarks, focusing on the eight gates. Includes tiny images.
Gates of Jerusalem (templemount.org) Accompanied by a simple map and a nice number of older photographs, this serves as a good introduction. It particularly highlights the Golden Gate.
Jerusalem Then and Now: A Journey in Photos (Times of Israel) This fascinating post gives a simple look at Jerusalem through contrasting photos from the late 1800s and modern-day. Note in particular photo sets #1 and #18 (Damascus Gate), #12 (Lions’ Gate), #13 (Zion Gate), and #14 (Jaffa Gate).
Jaffa Gate (BibleWalks.com) A lengthy history of the area with several high-resolution photographs.
New entrance, breach in the wall (American Colony photo collection) For those interested, here is a photo taken between 1918 and 1922, featuring the Jaffa Gate with its clock tower.
Zion Gate (Bein Harim Tours) Gives some necessary background and history for Zion Gate, accompanied by a few photos and up-to-date information for visiting.
Zion Gate – The Battle Over Early Zionist Symbols (The Schechter Institutes) This article concentrates on the name’s history more than the physical gate.
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.
The Golden Gate of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (Leen Ritmeyer) Several nice photos and reconstructions accompany this informative and fascinating article.
Golden Gate Interior (Der Standard) The article is in German, but this 2019 photo of the interior of the Golden Gate is a rare treasure.
Lions’ Gate/St. Stephen’s Gate
The Lions Gate in Jerusalem (All About Jerusalem) Supplemented by a few photos, this article gives some history for the Lions’ Gate.
Lions’ Gate (Jerusalem Municipality) While this website lacks editing (and capital letters), it presents an easy-to-read history of the gate.
The Damascus Gate (Bible History) History, photos, and a map are all included on this site.
Damascus Gate (Life in the Holy Land) Four photos taken in the early 20th century are accompanied by text from older publications describing the Damascus Gate.
Jerusalem’s Ancient Damascus Gate is at the Heart of a Modern Wave of Violence (Washington Post) Looks especially at modern controversies playing out near this gate.