Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Jerusalem Doors, Damascus Gate

Last month we had the pleasure of introducing our dear-visiting-from-Boise- friends to one of the most interesting places on earth: the old, walled city of Jerusalem. Though just a 70K (44miles) trip from Amman, as the crow flies, the journey took our merry little band five hours with border crossings. At once a place of unity and separation, the Old City provides a fascinating and heady swirl of ancient and living cultures of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

I love the architecture of the Old City so I'll post a mini-tour by  way of some of the the doors of the city.

Damascus Gate

We entered the old city by the Damascus Gate, or in Arabic, Bab Al Amud, Door/Gate of the Column. The the original gate was probably built during the second temple period, this "modern" gate was built in 1542 by the Ottoman ruler, Suleiman the Magnificent. The gate leads into the Arab quarter and the Arab bazaar, one of the most bustling sections of the Old City and our favorite place to shop.

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