The Zion Gate - connects the Armenian Quarter with Mount Zion. It is also been called the "Jewish Quarter Gate" because of its proximity to the Jewish Quarter.
Zion Gate, Shaar Zion, Arabic Bab An-nabi Daoud
Zion Gate Jerusalem— This gate was used by the Israel Defense Forces in 1967 to enter and capture the Old City. The stones surrounding the gate are still pockmarked by weapons fire. This entrance leads to the Jewish and Armenian quarters.
Located in the south of the Old City and facing towards Mount Zion and Hebron, it leads to the Armenian Quarter and Jewish Quarter. Zion Gate is also known as David's Gate (Arabic Bab el-Daoud; Hebrew - Shaar David), because Mount Zion is believed by some to be the burial place of King David.
Both pedestrians and vehicles presently use the gate, though navigation is made awkward by a very narrow L-shaped turn inside the gate.
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To the southwest of the Mosque of Omar, a short distance beyond the Armenian Monastery and the Church of St. James, is the Zion Gate, or the Gate of the Prophet David, which was built in the walls when they were reconstructed by Suliman, or Soliman, between 1539 and 1542, A. D. We have here a very beautiful picture of the Zion Gate. It was the first picture secured by our artist upon reaching Jerusalem, April 24, 1894. We are now looking toward the north. Coming through this gate we pass to the Tomb of David, and near here found many beggars, victims to that terrible disease, the leprosy. The gate has a massive door, with two wings mounted with iron. From the top of the battlements one can see the Moab hills beyond the River Jordan. The Zion Gate is perfectly plain, and has apparently no importance except to afford an outlet to that part of Mount Zion. (Source: Earthly Footsteps of the Man of Galilee, p. 159.)
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Close-up of 1948 bullet scars at the Zion Gate.
Zion Gate is one of the eight gates built into the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem in 1540 by Suleiman the Magnificent. It is on the south side of the Old City of Jerusalem facing Mount Zion. We walked through the gate several times and often had to make way for cars entering the Old City through this "L" shaped gate. During the Israeli War of Independence in 1948 there was a battle for control of the Jewish Quarters at the entrance of this gate. This gate was also used by the Israel Defense Forces in 1967 to enter and capture the city. The bullet holes from this battle are still clearly seen in the stones of the Zion Gate.
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