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Jerusalem's New Gate gets 'new' look, but lacks foot traffic
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Mar 16, 2019 2:15 AM 1+ week ago

Small, ancient portal into Old City was renovated for greater tourism impact, but the work all but destroyed merchants' businesses

Jerusalem has a renovated the Old City's New Gate, in an attempt to turn the ancient portal into a more central entrance to the heritage site.

According to local merchants, however, the NIS 11 million (just over $3 million) investment won't make much of a difference.

"Sometimes I stand outside the gate just to look around, and I see Israelis, they don't even know what the New Gate is," said George Sandroni, who owns part of his Armenian family's historic ceramic business. "I tell them it's a hole in the wall between Jaffa Gate and Damascus Gate."

The New Gate is indeed the newest gate in the Old City, built 130 years ago in 1889 to provide better access between the Christian Quarter and the neighborhoods then being built outside the Old City. The gate brings visitors directly into the Christian Quarter, which includes ...

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