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Jerusalem. Gates, walls and holy places of the old city

The route of the tour includes a visit to seven operating and one closed gate of the Holy City, each of which is connected with many pages of the history of Jerusalem from ancient times to the present day.

Despite the fact that for several millennia the walls of the Old City have been destroyed and rebuilt several times, they are in the same place as the previous ones. The present walls of Old Jerusalem, together with the gates, were built in 1538 under the Turkish sultan Suleiman the Great (Magnificent). Their length exceeds 4.5 kilometres and the width is up to 5 meters. The highest point of the gate reaches 15 meters. Most gates have an L-shaped entrance designed to create inconvenience to the prospective invaders. The route of the excursion involves visiting seven operating gates and the immured one, called the Golden gate, which is connected with the Jewish prophecy about the Messiah’s Advent. Near the Damascus Gate the ancient masonry can be observed in the most fortified northern wall. Moreover, from the Western wall, which part is a wall of the Temple destroyed by the Romans, you can walk along the street of ancient Jerusalem through the underground tunnel.

Together with seeing historical walls and gates, the excursion route involves visiting the three great shrines of Judaism, Christianity and Islam located in Jerusalem: the Wailing Wall, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex with the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.