Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Jaffa Road and Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem 100 years ago

The gates of the Old City of Jerusalem were often named for the direction they faced, and the roads that originated at the gates were similarly named.

The Damascus Gate, or Sha'ar Schem (Nablus) in Hebrew, pointed north, and the road is called Derekh Schem.  Similarly, Jaffa Road (right), heading east, begins at Jaffa Gate.  

This picture from the Library of Congress collection was taken prior to the automotive era.  The clock tower, built by the Turks, stood between 1908 and 1918.

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