דלג לתוכן העמוד

The Golden Gate

This blocked gate was built by the eastern wall of temple mount.

This gate was used by the turks during the period of the muslims in the seventh century. there are two entrance-ways to the gate: one is called ''the gate of repentance'' and one is called the ''gate of mercy''. according to the christians, jesus walked through this gate to jerusalem and therefore it is referred to as ''the golden gate''. according to jewish tradition, the messiah will come through this gate. this is the reason that the muslims began a cemetery in front of the gate, for it is forbidden for the high priest to go through a cemetery. the christians believe that this is where the byzantine emperor, hercules, entered the old city after the defeat of the muslims. 
the crusaders opened the gates only for religious purposes. at the end of the crusader period the muslims returned to rule jerusalem and, to this day, ''the golden gate'' is blocked by a large house of worship and an islamic study hall. the only entrance is through temple mount.