Israeli history photo of the week: Herod's Gate

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May 31, 2012 11:22
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sheep market outside of Herod's Gate (circa 1900)

Sheep market outside of Herod's Gate (circa 1900). (photo credit: American Colony-Jerusalem-Photo Dept.)

 
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Herod's Gate is located at the northeast corner of Jerusalem's Old City between Damascus Gate and Lion's Gate, adjoining the Muslim Quarter.  It is also called the Flower Gate because of intricate stone designs above the gate, and the Sheep's Gate because of the animal market held outside of the gate.

It is believed that that King Herod's palace was located near the site. In fact, the gate was a modest entrance until the 1870s when the Turks built the more impressive gate to give access to neighborhoods north of the Old City.



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