Jerusalem: Illustration of Jesus Entering Jerusalem through the Golden Gate
Gates of Jerusalem Gallery
The Golden Gate, which is unusual in that it is sealed so that no one can pass through it today. 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. In this illustration, Jesus is depicted passing through the gate into Jerusalem, fulfilling that particular tradition.
The Golden Gate was originally built around 640 CE by either that last of the Byzantine rulers or the earliest Arab conquerors. 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.