Golden Gate, Jerusalem

Golden Gate, Jerusalem (must see)

The Golden Gate is located on the eastern walls of the Old City of Jerusalem and leads directly to the Temple Mount. It is one of the more holy sites in the town, as it is revered by all three of the major religious faiths. It is recorded that Jesus entered the place on Palm Sunday. For the Jews, the arrival of the Messiah will happen here. For the Muslims, the future resurrection will start from this spot.

The construction of the location happened in the 6th to 7th Centuries A.D. (probably somewhere around 640 A.D.), on the spot where the old gate used to be from the second temple. It has been sealed since the 1500s. There are a total of 11 such structures, seven of which are still open to the public. They are called: Jaffa, Zion, Dung, St. Stephen’s (Lions’), Herod’s, Damascus (Shechem) and New. The most famous may be the Golden Gate.

The spot has been home to some gate since the time of Herod the Great. The original, however, would have been destroyed by Titus in 70 A.D., during the Roman conquest of rebels in Israel and Judea.

From the location, you can traverse easily to the Temple Mount, which would allow you a magnificent view across the Kidron Valley to the Mount of Olives. If you take a little hike into the lowlands, you will find the old trail to Bethany. You can also go to the famous Garden of Gethsemane.

This sight is featured in a self-guided walking tour of Jerusalem, Israel within the mobile app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" which can be downloaded from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Please download the app to your mobile phone or tablet for travel directions for visiting this sight. The app turns your mobile device to a personal tour guide and it works offline, so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

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Golden Gate on Map

Sight Name: Golden Gate
Sight Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Old City Orientation Walk   Jerusalem Old City Gates Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Jerusalem, Israel

Create Your Own Walk in Jerusalem

Create Your Own Walk in Jerusalem

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Jerusalem Suburb Walking Tour

Jerusalem Suburb Walking Tour

The center of Jerusalem spills over with religious and historical landmarks, museums and holy places. But there are also places worth visiting in neighborhoods away from the center. A Biblical Zoo, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and others cannot be missed and must figure in the itinerary of each tourist. The following self-guided tour will lead you through some of these distant places which...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.4 Km or 5.2 Miles
Mount of Olives Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Mount of Olives Walking Tour of Jerusalem

The Mount of Olives is on the east side of the Old City of Jerusalem. Here you will see the magnificent churches that are also biblical sites, a very old cemetery with tombs of the Prophets. For many people this is a holy place as God is always present here. The following self-guided tour will lead you through the Mount of Olives landmarks:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 Km or 1.1 Miles
Cultural Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Cultural Walking Tour of Jerusalem

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Following Steps of Jesus Walking Tour in Jerusalem

Following Steps of Jesus Walking Tour in Jerusalem

Jerusalem was considered for centuries to be the center of the universe. The most famous figure in the history of mankind, Jesus Christ, fulfilled his divine mission in this city. This self-guided tour will retrace the steps of Jesus to show you some of the holiest places in the world.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 Km or 3.5 Miles
Latrun at the Outskirt of Jerusalem Self-Guided Tour

Latrun at the Outskirt of Jerusalem Self-Guided Tour

Latrun is a hilltop on the road to Jerusalem. It has must see attractions such as "mini Israel", monasteries and the historical Emmaus. This self-guided tour will lead you to these historical, archaeological and cultural monuments:

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
Nightlife Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Nightlife Walking Tour of Jerusalem

Jerusalem has a reputation as one of the foremost religious and cultural centers of the world. What is less known is that it has an interesting night life as well. This self-guided tour will lead you to some nightclubs where you can experience the pulsating nightlife of Jerusalem:

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 Km or 0.9 Miles

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