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The name in Arabic, Bab el-Halil or Hebron Gate, means "The Beloved," and refers to Abraham, the beloved of God who is buried in Hebron. It was originally built in 1898 when Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany visited Jerusalem.
The ruling Ottoman Turks opened it so the German Emperor would not have to dismount his carriage.
It is also prudent to explore during the day, though the views of many of the sites -- when you know how to find them -- are often best at night.
Just inside Jaffa Gate, on the left beyond the Tourist Information Office, is a small enclosure with two graves nearly hidden beneath the trees.
It was announced in August 2014 that the Old City was going to have some work done to make the city more accessable to handicap patrons.
This million Shekel (.75 million) project will provide handicap accessable ramps, hand rails, and other accommodations so handicap individuals can access areas that they were unable to before.
The Old City covers roughly 220 acres (one square kilometer).
The surrounding walls date to the rule of the Ottoman Sultan, Suleiman the Magnificent (1520-1566).
The best way to immerse yourself in the city is simply to head straight down David Street from Jaffa Gate into the Arab market, the , where you can expect to be verbally accosted by shopkeepers trying to entice you into their stores and to keep you occupied long enough to buy something.
Head to the left to go toward the Christian or Muslim Quarter and the right to reach the Jewish Quarter.
The path to the major shrines, the Western Wall, Temple Mount and Church of the Holy Sepulcher, are not very well marked, but anyone you ask should be able to direct you.
You may notice the original gates are angled so that you can't enter directly into the city without making a sharp 90-degree angle turn.
This was to prevent enemies on horseback from charging full-speed, straight ahead through them, and to make it difficult to use a long battering ram to break them down.