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"Golden Gate" The Old City Gates Tip by FruitLover

The Old City Gates, Jerusalem: 43 reviews and 102 photos

  The Golden Gate, Old Jerusalem
by FruitLover
  • The Golden Gate, Old Jerusalem - Jerusalem
      The Golden Gate, Old Jerusalem
    by FruitLover
  • The Golden Gate, Old Jerusalem - Jerusalem
      The Golden Gate, Old Jerusalem
    by FruitLover
  • Golden Gate - Jerusalem

The Golden Gate is the most impressive gate in Jerusalem, and the only visible entrance to the city of Jerusalem from the East. This oldest of all the gates to the city was the only one not rebuilt by Suleiman the Magnificent in AD 1539-42. Monolithic stones in the wall just above ground have been identified as 6th Century BC masonry from the time of Nehemiah.

The Golden Gate was walled up by the Arabs in the year 810. It has remained closed now for nearly 12 centuries.

The Golden Gate has long interested many Muslims, most Jews and Christians as the place of the Last Judgment. Historically, judgments were rendered in the gates of the city (Gen. 19:1, 23:10, for instance). Since the Messiah was to come from the East (Matthew 24:27), it was concluded that his judgment would be at the eastern gate. This is one reason for the many Muslim, Christian, and Jewish graves on the Eastern slopes of the Temple Mount, in the Kidron Valley, and on the Western slopes of the Mount of Olives

Some Muslims place Allah's final judgment at this location also. Jews link the Messiah's arrival with this gate and Christians have for centuries associated the Golden Gate with Palm Sunday and also with the Second Advent (Luke 19:35-38).

Muslims compare the final judgment of mankind to the crossing of a narrow knife blade which stretches from a mountain (the Mount of Olives is often mentioned in Arab legend) to the "gate of heaven." This knife-edged bridge evidently spans the Kidron Valley - as did an ancient stone bridge in Roman times.

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  • Written Mar 30, 2006
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