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Address: Eastern entrance to Old City, Jerusalem, Israel

Also known as Lions' Gate, St. Stephen's Gate is one of the seven open...

Also known as Lions' Gate, St. Stephen's Gate is one of the seven open gates of Old City Jerusalem. They are New Gate, Zion, Dung, Jaffa, Lions’ (St. Stephen's), Herod’s, and Damascus (Shechem).

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St. Stephen's gate, also referred to as Lion's gate is located near the start of the Station's of the Cross. I have been in the Old City countless times and have seen the gate... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Ann C
Nashville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

St. Stephen's gate, also referred to as Lion's gate is located near the start of the Station's of the Cross. I have been in the Old City countless times and have seen the gate from the inside...make sure you do not make the same mistake, take the extra few moments to walk out of the gate to get a full... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

Also known as the Lion's gate, We walked from the Church of all Nations though the Kidron Valley and entered the old city from the Lion"s gate. One of the 7 open gates of Jerusalem. Leads to the Via Dolorosa

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

Known as the Lion's Gate. This gate was an easy one to access to enter the Holy City. We were dropped off in front of the Rockefeller Museum and walked over. There were no crowds. It was easy to enter here and start the walk on the Via Dolorosa for the stations of the cross.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

Leading from the east,from the Jericho Road,or the area of Gatsemanim to the Old City,Build by Suleiman the Magnificent(1539-1542) with a Lion on each side of the gate as emblems of the Sultan,on the left you have a police post,on your right facing the old city isBirket Sitti Mariam or,so Arabs call it Bab sitna Mariam,meaning St Mary Gate,the Christian... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 March 2016

I started my walk of the Via Dolorosa from this entrance. St. Stephen's Gate, also known as Lions' Gate, is believed to be the gate that Jesus passed through as he was sent from prison to his crucifixion. It is called St Stephen's Gate because it is believed that the first Christian martyr Stephen was stoned to death outside the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2015

This gate is the closest to the Temple Mount and thus very busy on Friday's, so should be avoided on that day between 10-2. The 500 year old gate is just across the valley from the Mt. of Olives and is a great way to access the Via Dolorosa and St. Anne's Church.

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De Pere, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2015

Many tourists confuse the Lions (or St. Stephen's) Gate with the Zion Gate. Note the animal carvings (lions? tigers? leopards?) flanking the side of the gate. That means you are viewing the Lions Gate. This gate faces the Mount of Olives and the Kidron Valley, and leads into the Muslim Quarter. It was made infamous when Israeli paratroopers stormed it... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2014

I visit St. Stephen's gate on each of my trips to Jerusalem. However, I always think of it as the Lions' Gate when I reach it's entrance and gaze up at the carved lions on the wall on either side. For some reason it has always been a sunny day for each of my visits. Getting there is easy via... More 

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Novosibirsk, Russia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2013

This is another (along with the Damascus) gate leading to the Muslim Quarter. It also leads to the starting point of Via Dolorosa (which runs thru Muslim quarter - this is Jerusalem, you know!). If you are on your way by foot from Mount of Olives - this is the most convenient gate to enter the Old City. Since it... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

Background: The walls around the Old City of Jerusalem were built by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1542. Most of the gates within these walls were designed by Siran, an Ottoman-Turkish architect. Named "St. Stephen's Gate" by Christians, owing to the spot through which the apostle Stephen was thrown out of the city and stoned to death. It is also called... More 

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