Damascus Gate exhibition under construction

September 21, 2006 22:52


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An exhibition detailing the history of Jerusalem's Damascus Gate is under construction, officials said Thursday. The exhibition is to include maps and photographs detailing the gate's history and will be completed by the spring, said Gideon Shamir, the head of the East Jerusalem Development Company. The display is to be located underneath the gate, which leads to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. It replaces a previous exhibition at the site that was repeatedly vandalized during the wave of Palestinian violence that erupted six years ago. About NIS 200,000 is being invested in the project, Shamir said. The Damascus Gate, which is also known by its Arabic name of Bab-al-Amud (Gate of Columns) because of the tall pillar that stood in its plaza during the Roman and Byzantine period, was built in 1542 by the late Ottoman ruler Suleiman the Magnificent. Over the last six years of violence, the Damascus Gate was rarely frequented by Jewish visitors to the Old City. The East Jerusalem Development Company is a sister company of the municipality, and receives funding from both the government and the city.

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