Dung Gate, Jerusalem

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The Dung Gate is one of the gates in the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It was built in the 16th century.
The gate is situated near the southeast corner of the old city, southwest of the Temple Mount.
The gate is the closest to the Western Wall and is a main passage for vehicles coming out of the Old City and for buses headed to the Western Wall. It was originally much smaller, but was enlarged in 1952, after the Old City came under Jordanian control in 1948. After its capture by Israel in 1967, architect Shlomo Aronson was commissioned to renovate this gate. Directly behind the gate lies the entrance to the Western Wall compound.
The name Sha'ar Ha'ashpot appears in the Book of Nehemiah 2:13-14. It is probably named after the residue that was taken from the Jewish Temple into the Valley of Hinnom, where it was burned. This ancient "Dung Gate" may not have been in the same location as the modern gate.
The name Moroccan gate (Bab al-Magharibeh) refers to the Moroccan Quarter, which was situated near the area until 1967.
The name Silwan Gate refers to the village of Silwan that lies just south of the gate.
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  • This is one of 7 gates to the old city of Jerusalem on the south side . The nearest to the wailing wall . Was built in the 16 century. Also called Bab Almugaraba or Bab Alsilwan As it is near to this ...  more »
  • The Gate of The Manure, or gate of the Moroccans or Mugrabí Gate Del Estiercol, or garbage, or waste is an entrance to the walls surrounding Jerusalem's Old City. It is located near southeast of the fortification, in the Jewish Quarter of the city. His name must have been used to take out and throw away the garbage in the city. My opinion does not stand out for its beauty or its size. If I recommend you take it to get to the wall Of LaMentations and esplanade of the Mosques
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  • Always an awesome experience... the majestic walls that oozes history... of lives lived centuries ago.... U cannot get enough of it!!
  • Cool place to explore some really old ruins from the crusades. Definitely not a place to visit after dark. Lots of ways to twist an ankle or fall down a pit, or old cave.
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