Dung Gate, Jerusalem

Dung Gate, Jerusalem

The Dung Gate, one of the gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem dating back to the 16th century, is located near the southeast corner of the Old City, southwest of the Temple Mount. The less-than-flattering "dung", derived from the original Hebrew name Sha'ar Ha'ashpot, meaning "Gate of Garbage" or "Ash Pot Gate", reflects its historical role. During the time of the First Jewish Temple, waste and ashes from sacrifices were discarded through this gate into the Valley of Hinnom to be burned.

The original Dung Gate from antiquity may differ from the one built in the 16th century, which was initially quite small, resembling a doorway in a typical domestic house, and was only enlarged in 1952 under Jordanian rule to accommodate vehicular traffic. Despite expansion, it remains the smallest of all the Old City gates and retains its original Ottoman carved arch with a stone flower above.

Today, the gate serves as the main entrance and exit for the Jewish Quarter, providing convenient access to the Western Wall compound directly behind it. Additionally, it offers easy access to the City of David and Hezekiah's Tunnel, making it a crucial entry point for visitors to these significant historical sites.

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Sight Name: Dung Gate
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel (See walking tours in Jerusalem)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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