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The Golden Gate

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The Golden Gate (called the Gate of Mercy in Hebrew) is situated in the eastern wall of the Temple Mount, opposite the Mount of Olives. The gate has two openings and they have both been blocked off for many years. The gate structure is older than the construction of the Turkish wall and it has on it artistic representations from various periods. In Second Temple times one of the gates of the Temple – the Shushan Gate, or as it was also known, the East Gate, stood here it would seem. In medieval times people prayed here facing the gate. The remains of Jewish pilgrims’ inscriptions from the Middle Ages have survived on the inside of the gate frame.

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