Once again on the Golden Gate of Jerusalem ....

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The Golden Gate, as it is called in Christian literature, is the oldest of the current gates in Jerusalem's Old City Walls. According to Jewish tradition, the Shekhinah (שכינה) (Divine Presence) used to appear through this gate, and will appear again when the Messiah comes and a new gate replaces the present one; that is why Jews used to pray for mercy at the former gate at this location. Hence the name Sha'ar Harachamim (שער הרחמים), the Gate of Mercy. In Christian apocryphal texts, the gate was the scene of a meeting between the parents of Mary, so that Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate became a standard subject in cycles depicting the Life of the Virgin. It is also said that Jesus passed through this gate on Palm Sunday. In Arabic, it is known as the Gate of Eternal Life. In ancient times, the gate was known as the Beautiful Gate.

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Comments (44)

Pavel Culek on February 27, 2013

well photographed, great historical place, liked (17), best wishes, Pavel

Nadia Kushnir on February 27, 2013

Thank you very much, Pavel!!! Kind regards. Nadia.

lizab on May 18, 2013

It's a great old gate, i liked!!

Nadia Kushnir on May 18, 2013

Thak you very much, Lizab!

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on February 14, 2013
  • Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works
    by Nadia Kushnir
    • Camera: NIKON CORPORATION NIKON D200
    • Taken on 2013/02/08 11:26:47
    • Exposure: 0.001s (1/1250)
    • Focal Length: 55.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/6.300
    • ISO Speed: ISO160
    • Exposure Bias: -1.00 EV
    • No flash

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