Dette er den største av portane i bymuren rundt Gamlebyen i Jerusalem. Den blei bygd i 1538 av den tyrkiske herskaren sultan Suleiman, som då hadde makta i Jerusalem.
Den første biletet viser den store byporten frå utsida av bymuren. Det andre biletet viser marknadsområdet like innanfor.
Jerusalem Old City renovation shows gateway to the past
(…) The main dilemma that restorers faced was the question of the «correct» restoration of the gate. Should they use modern elements to reconstruct the way it looked 500 years ago, and remove any elements added mistakenly over the centuries? Or should they recognize that later elements also have their place?
For example, the British, who restored the gate in the early 20th century, added stone decorations that either did not fit properly or were installed in the wrong places. Have these, too, not earned a place in the gate’s historical saga?
Israel Antiquities Authority architect Avi Mashiah, who led the project together with architects Tamar Nativ and Yuval Avraham, said: «There are two stories here. On the one hand, there is the most magnificent of the gates, and on the other, signs of changes over the years. When you strengthen one story you weaken another. In the end, we decided there was no reason to preserve mistakes and to try to restore the gate to its appearence in 1538.»
Damaskusporten er plassert på 8. plass på lista over Jerusalems 10 på topp, sjå her.