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.
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.
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.