|Lions Gate also known as St. Stephen's Gate 1860|
The Lions Gate is the only open gate facing east toward the Mt. of Olives. It stands adjacent to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.
|British soldiers guarding Lions Gate|
during Arab disturbances in April 1920
The "lions" carved on both sides of the gate are actually panthers, the symbol of the Mamluk Sultan Baybars (1223-1277). The panthers were believed to have been part of a Mamluki structure and placed at the gate by Suleiman to commemorate the Ottoman victory over the Mamluks in 1517.
Previous essays in this series presented the history and pictures of Zion Gate and Damascus Gate.
|1967 War -- IDF troops enter the |
Old City of Jerusalem through Lions Gate
|1967: Entering Jerusalem through the|
Lions Gate - from the right IDF Chief
of Staff Yitzhak Rabin, Defense Minister
Moshe Dayan, and Jerusalem Commander
Uzi Narkis. Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi's head
is turned. (Ilan Bruner/GPO)
Over the last four years the walls of the Old City have been repaired, restored and cleaned by the Israeli government in a $5 million project.
|Lions Gate today (courtesy)|