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Jerusalem: Golden Gate Today


The Golden Gate, which is unusual in that it is sealed so that no one can pass through it today, was originally built around 640 CE by either that last of the Byzantine rulers or the earliest Arab conquerors. In this photo you can see some of the many graves that surround the city walls of Jerusalem.

Of the eleven gates in the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City, only seven are open and this one cannot even be seen from the inside. Why is the gate sealed? Jewish tradition has it that the Messiah would enter Jerusalem via this gate when he comes, so Muslims during the reign of Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566) sealed this gate to keep him out.

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