The Walls of Jerusalem surround the area of the old city of Jerusalem. The walls were built between 1537-1541 by the Ottoman (Turkish) Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. Some portions were built over ancient walls from 2,000 years ago.
Looking south along the west wall.
The length of the wall is 4,018 km (2,496.6 miles), their average height is 12 meters (40 feet) and the average thickness is 2.5 meters (8 feet). The wall contains 34 watchtowers and 8 gates (Jaffa Gate, New Gate, Damascus Gate, Herod Gate, Lions Gate, Golden (Eastern) Gate, Dung Gate and Zion Gate.).
Muslim graves blocking the entrance of the sealed Golden Gate.
The east wall contains the Golden Gate. This gate was sealed by the Muslims, ànd Muslim graves are blocking it, in order to prevent the entrance of a Jewish Messiah into the city. They believe the resurrection will take place here.
Jewish graves at Mount Olive.
The Jews also believe this, therefore they have a large cemetery in this area too.
The Ottoman sultan had wanted the walls to enclose more area, but the architects failed to include Mount Zion or the City of David. As a result, Suleiman had the architects beheaded.
The grave of one of the capitated architects.
Wednesday I'll be going to Israel myself, making a small tour, and visiting a.o. Tell Aviv and Jerusalem.
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