Gate of Mercy, or Golden Gate as Christians call it, is one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem.
It is one of only two gates that used to offer access into the city from that side. However, the gate has been walled up since medieval times.
According to Josephus, this gate was considered within the far northeastern extremity of the inner sacred court.
In addition, according to the Mishnah, there was formerly a road which led out of the Temple Mount into the Kidron valley and to the Mount of Olives.
This gate was not used by the masses to enter the Temple Mount, but reserved for the High Priest on Yom Kippur.
The date of its construction is disputed and no archaeological work is allowed at the gatehouse, but opinions are shared between a late Byzantine and an early Umayyad date.…