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12 June 2008page first published

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sargonII, traveling in the Middle East, writes:

Damascus Gate is in the form of an "L" - this is to stop attackers from rushing straight through the gate, and into the city. It is built over the remains of a gate dating back to Roman times. The original gate here was built around AD 133-135.

Damascus Gate from outside, looking south

The gate is used as a major pedestrian entry into the Muslim quarter of the old city. Push carts and tractors also use this gate as a means for access.

Western tower of Damascus Gate

This gate is built just south of a hill, and a person must travel down to reach the gate from the outside. Inside the gate, the slope continues to drop down. The gate is flanked by two towers.

Damascus Gate, from inside the old city
Inside Damascus Gate
Ceiling of Damascus Gate
Southern exit of Damascus Gate