Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Chapter: Jewish Festivals --
The Gates of Jerusalem's Old City -- In Honor of "Jerusalem Day"

Sha'arei Hulda, the Double & Triple Gates, now sealed

עומדות, היו רגלינו בשערייך, ירושלים
ירושלים הבנויה כעיר שחוברה-לה יחדיו
Our feet did stand firm within your gates, O Jerusalem
Jerusalem, built up, is like a city that is united
- Psalms 122          

Israel celebrates "Jerusalem Day" today, commemorating the reuniting of the city of Jerusalem during the 1967 war.  For 19 years, between 1948 and 1967, the city was split between warring Jordanian and Israeli forces.

Thousands of Israelis will visit Jerusalem today, dance to the Western Wall, and march around the Old City's gates.  We present here antique pictures of the gates, some taken 160 years ago. 

Click on the photos to enlarge, click on the caption to read more about each gate.


Lion's Gate   

Jaffa Gate (hand colored)   

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I don't know if you speak Hebrew so I'll write in English. The photos on this wensite are amazing. I live in Jerusalem and so it's amazing to see how places that I see today looked like many years ago.
    It's also amazing to see hot Israel has transformed Jerusalem into a modern, clean metropolis.