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  Eastern Gate of the Temple of Jupiter enclosure
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  • Eastern Gate of the Temple of Jupiter enclosure - Damascus
      Eastern Gate of the Temple of Jupiter enclosure
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  • Temple of Jupiter - Eastern Temple Gate - Damascus
  • Doorway mostly buried in the ground - Damascus
      Doorway mostly buried in the ground
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  • Remains of the Eastern Gate - Damascus
      Remains of the Eastern Gate
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  • Roman wall on Sharia an-Naranjeh - Damascus
      Roman wall on Sharia an-Naranjeh
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Large sections of the once enormous triple-arched Eastern Temple Gate through the outer enclosure of the Roman Temple of Jupiter have survived to this day, despite nearly two millennia of time. As the ground level rose over time, however, half of the structure became buried underground and was never excavated. Observing the obvious buried ruins, I could not comprehend why the authorities had not yet attempted to excavate the rest of the gate. It is located some distance east of the Omayyad Mosque at the western edge of al-Qaimariya street (the ancient agora) and is clearly half buried in the ground. The distance from the Omayyad Mosque demonstrates the incredible proportions of the Roman Temple of Jupiter. Attached are photos of some of the architectural details.

Note: If you walk a short distance north of this gate on An-Naranjeh Street, under an arched passage, you will be able to trace some of the foundation of the enclosure wall of the Temple of Jupiter (see attached photo). It is said that much of the foundation of this wall has survived within and between many of the houses in Old Damascus.

Directions: Western end of al-Qaimariyah Street

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