New Gate

  The gate is located on the west side of the old city . It was opened in 1889 to allow an easier access to the Christian quarter.

 New gate in Jerusalem western walls

 

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Contents:

Overview

Location

History

Photos

Etymology

 

Overview:

  

     The "new gate" is located on the western walls of the old city of Jerusalem . It was opened in 1889 in order to enable an easy access from the Monasteries outside the walls into the Christian quarter.

 

Location:

  

   The aerial map shows the 8 gates of Jerusalem, with the new gate on the left (west side), facing west (modern)  Jerusalem. These are the gates, listed clockwise starting from the new gate on the west corner:

1. New gate (this site)

2. Damascus gate (on the north-western side)

3. Herod's gate (on the north side)

4. Lions' gate (near St. Anna)

5. Golden gate (a closed double gate, also called the gate of mercy)

6. Dung gate (on south side, near the western wall)

7. Zion gate (on the south-west side)

8. Jaffa gate (tower of David)

 

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History of the place:

 

 
  • Ottomans

 

   The Ottomans built the present walls of Jerusalem in 1540. Only 350 years later, after requests by the French ambassador in Turkey, the Sultan Abed El-Chamid allowed to open another gate in the walls.

   The new access allowed an easier access to the Christian quarter from the outside, including the monasteries outside the walls, such as Notre Dame de France across the  street.

 

  • Israel

 

   During the Independence war, in July 1948, Israeli soldiers forced into the old city through this gate, and established a bridgehead; they later retreated through the gate. A plate is displayed on the right side of the gate, commemorating this event.

   The old city was under Jordanian rule until 1967. After the 6 day war the gate was reopened.

 

  New gate street sign

New gate street sign

  

 

Photos:

 

An external view of the new gate from the western side is seen below:

 

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New gate in Jerusalem western walls

 

Another view of the gate.

 

New gate

 

   An interesting detail can be seen near the gate - a  Shield of David ("Magen-David") is embedded in the wall near the corner of the wall. 

 

New gate - magen David

 

 

Etymology (behind the name):

 

  • Sha'ar - Hebrew: Gate
  • Chadash - Hebrew: New
  • Jadid - Arabic: new
  • Bab - Arabic: gate
  • Magen - shield

 

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