Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Jerusalem City Walls

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.


next episode: not the ABBA song


  1. Rob, have a wonderful trip! I hope to see lots of pictures from your trip when you return.

    The Eastern Gate (or Golden Gate) is pretty interesting for Christians too. The prophet Ezekiel wrote: "Then He brought me back by the way of the outer gate of the sanctuary, which faces the east; and it was shut. The Lord said to me, “This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened, and no one shall enter by it, for the Lord God of Israel has entered by it; therefore it shall be shut." (44:1-2). The gate that is sealed is the same entrance over which Jesus entered Jerusalem on the donkey.

    It was predicted that the gate would be sealed (I don't know if Suleiman knew this) and that it would be opened when Messiah returns. Many people think this opening may be caused by an earthquake that seems to be predicted when Jesus returns: "In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4)

  2. Our tour guide, a Dutch colonist from the Golan heights, told us that if the Messiah returns he won't be bothered by a closed gate or some Muslim graves... He also told us that many Israeli geophysicists believe a large earthquake will occur in the next 50 years!


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