Known to Chris­tians as the Golden Gate, this is the only east­ern gate to the mount but it’s been sealed shut since the Mid­dle Ages.

Some Chris­tians be­lieve this is where Anne and Joachim, the par­ents of Je­sus’ mother, Mary, met af­ter an an­gel told them they were ex­pect­ing her.

Jews be­lieve the Mes­siah – the promised ­de­liv­erer of the Jewish na­tion – will en­ter ­Jerusalem through this gate when he comes.

The ­divine pres­ence of God used to ap­pear through this gate and will reap­pear when the Mes­siah comes and re­opens it, ac­cord­ing to Jewish tra­di­tion.

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