Jaffa Gate
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The main entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City faces the west toward the old port of Jaffa, and is located next to one of the city’s best-known sites, the Tower of David or Citadel. There are seven gates open: New Gate, Zion, Dung, Jaffa, Lions’ (St. Stephen's), Herod’s, and Damascus (Shechem).
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,046 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Jaffa Gate offers access to the Old City, it's an important part of the Jerusalem plan. The Jaffa Gate is historical, it's worth using to get into the Old City. The busy Mamilla Mall offers a convenient entry to the Jaffa Gate.
Written February 13, 2024
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Oct 2023 • Family
PROS
* Landmark historical place from 500 years ago, which is famous and iconic
* Central and main entry point to the Old City, with access to modern Jerusalem and the adjacent modern Mamilla Mall
* Large more than 3 m tall old wooden door with L-shaped entry to prevent intruders and now with a gigantic Torah scroll box attached at the entrance door
* See the tiered narrow window turrets, which allow observation of the outside marauders and prevents their entry or their attack- at least in the 1500s

CONS
* Very busy and very crowded
* Don't be distracted and don't be tricked by locals offering services to you

"I VISITED THIS PLACE"...
... during my several visits to the Old City for various reasons. I always try to look at and observe the phenomenal famous architecture and also to watch the crowds of locals and tourists (and to photograph them).

WAS IT WORTH THE COST?
It's free

WOULD "I VISIT THIS PLACE" AGAIN?
I always do

ADVICE
* Be sure to go through the L-shaped gate and not just walk from Mamilla foot bridge and through the hollowed out section which is vehicular traffic
* Admire the structure, its walls, doors, turrets and the gigantic Torah scroll attached to the dor.

FULL DISCLOSURE
"I visited this place" with the plan to write a "helpful" review and to attach "helpful" photos here on tripadvisor, so if these did "help" you, please indicate that by tikking the "thumbs up" 👍 symbol. Thanks.
Written January 21, 2024
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,689 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
Visually nice gate to look at, one of the original gates built in the 15th century.

Easy access to all quarters through this gate, located close to Tower of David.

Lots of activity around gate so great to explore the area around the gate.

Also very good to see at night time so would recommend not only going during the day but at night.
Written June 25, 2023
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,359 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
We passed through the Jaffa Gate several times during our stay in Jerusalem. The Jaffa Gate was built in 1538 by Suleiman the Magnificent at the Ottoman Empire time. At present, it is the most convenient entrance to the three quarters of the Old City: to the Christian Quarter (on the left), Muslim Quarter (straight ahead) and the Armenian Quarter (to the right, past the Tower of David). You can easily reach the Jewish Quarter past the Armenian Quarter.
Written April 18, 2023
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arvind1000
Pune, India2,262 contributions
Mar 2023 • Couples
The Jaffa Gate is one of the eight gates of the Old City of Jerusalem. The gate is located on the city’s western side, and you can reach it by public transport or private car, which we recommend leaving in the Mamilla Boulevard parking lot or the Karta parking lot (which is closer).
Written April 7, 2023
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JrnyJunkie
Cleveland, OH951 contributions
Feb 2023
Interesting entrance to the Old City. Close to King David's Tower and safer than some of the other gates.
Written March 10, 2023
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stephrab
New York City, NY726 contributions
Mar 2023 • Friends
This is the “prettiest” way to enter the old city. It is also the easiest and allows quick access to all 4 quadrants of the old city.
Written March 5, 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,981 contributions
Nov 2022
Many cities have stone and wood gates and Jerusalem is no exception. You will likely walk through this gate without noticing on your way to the old city. Step back and admire but avoid all the cheap tack in the nearby stalls.
Written December 16, 2022
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Dec 2022 • Solo
* Landmark historical place
* Famous and iconic
* Central entry point to the old city
* Central access point to modern Jerusalem and the adjacent post and modern Mamilla Mall
* Large more than 3 m tall old wooden door
* L-shaped entry to prevent intruders
* See architecture from 500 years ago.
* See the tiered narrow window, which allows observation of the outside marauders and prevents their entry or their attack.
* See a gigantic Torah scroll box attached at the entrance door
* Watch the crowds during a busy time

CONS
* Crowds and noise
* There could be hucksters, trying to sell you to hire them for unauthorized tours

“I VISITED THIS PLACE”…
… on my way into the old city after a business meeting. I’ve been to here hundreds of times, but I always try to stop look at different aspects and admire it and appreciate its history and significance.

TIPS
it’s almost unheard of for a tourist to Jerusalem to not visit and walk through this gate, so read about it and be prepared and admire it and learn about it and appreciate it and take photos and post on Tripadvisor, such as what I did – go see my “helpful” photos of the gate that I took yesterday, and also my photos of many of the tourists.
Written December 13, 2022
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,995 contributions
Dec 2022 • Solo
My first entry to the Old City of Jerusalem was through the 16th century Jaffa Gate. It was built during the rule by Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent of the Ottoman Empire. Impressive gate and L shaped entryway to impede the speed of attacking forces.
Written December 9, 2022
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