Background Information Old Testament New Testament New Testament (cont.) Gentile Period (cont.)
1-Biblical Jerusalem 16-Salem, Jebus 33-Ashlar Stones 51-Bethesda Pool 68-Saint Anne's Church
2-History of Jerusalem 17-Milo, Jebusite Wall 34-Temple Mount 52-Holy Sepulcher 69-Sultan's Pool
3a-Map of Today's City 18-Gihon Springs 35-NE of End of Wall 53-Garden Tomb 70-Citadel
3b-The Four Quarters 19-City of David 36-SE End of Wall 54-Fort Antonia 71-Colonnade Column
3c-Photos 20-David's Palace 37-Western Wall 55-Phasael Tower  
3d-Silwan 21-Temple Mount 38-West Wall Tunnel 56-Struthion Pool  
4-The Walls Today 22-Solomon's Walls 39-Mikvah, Ritual Baths 57-Gethsemane  
5-The Gates Today 23-Solomon's Quarries 40-The Large Mikvah 58-Tombs in Hinnom Miscellaneous
6-Archaeology Periods 24-Broad Wall 41-Wilson's Arch 59-Jerusalem Tombs Archaeological Finds
7-Archaeology History 25-Hezekiah's Tunnel 42-Warren's Gate Gentile Period Jason's Tomb
8-Old Ancient Core 26-Middle Gate 43-Barclay's Gate 60-Ecce Homo Lazarus' Tomb
9-Kidron Valley 27-Nehemiah's Wall 44-Robinson's Arch 61-Roman Inscription Tomb of David
10-Central Valley Hasmonean 45-Western Wall Street 62-Cardo Maximus Via Dolorosa
11-Hinnom Valley 28-Walls and Towers 46-Western Wall Shops 63-Roman Road Hezekiah's Pool
12-Mount of Olives 29-Aqueduct 47-South Temple Wall 64-Nea Church  
13-Mount Moriah 30-Acra 48-Archaeology Park 65-Al Aqsa Mosque  
14-Western Hill Mt Zion 31-Temple Mount 49-Siloam Road 66-Dome of the Rock  
15-Ophel 32-Tombs in Kidron 50-Siloam Pool 67-Temple Mount  
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43- Barclay's Gate

This gate was first recognized by James Barclay, an American consul in 1855. It is referred to as the Kiponus Gate in the Mishna.


This large stone (which looks like a square) is itself about 21 feet long, 6.5 feet wide, and weighs 50 tons. This stone was the massive lintel (or, top stone) that spanned a gate into the temple of Herod's day. The gate entrance was almost 27 feet high. The building to the right was attached to the Western Wall and was originally part of a ramp that led to the Mugrabi Gate, which was above Barclay's Gate. The lintel can be seen from the inside of the building. Below the lintel, before the building was added, the gate was closed in with smaller stones The gate used to enter the Temple Mount today is above the lintel of Barclay’s Gate and is called the Moroccans’ Gate, the Gate of the Moors, or the Mugrabi Gate.

Barclay's Gate was one of four entrances to the Temple Mount from the west side.

  1. Warren's Gate
  2. Wilson's Arch
  3. Barclay's Gate
  4. Robinson's Arch

It would have connected to the surface of the Temple Mount through a tunnel with a staircase similar to Warren's Gate.

Wilson's Arch and Robinson's Arch would have carried the worshippers directly to the surface while Barclay's Gate and Wilson's Gate would have used an underground staircase to bring worshippers to the Temple Mount.

This gate was recognized by Barclay, an American consul in 1855. It is referred to as the Kiponus Gate in the Mishna.

This large stone (which looks like a square) is itself about 21 feet long, 6.5 feet wide and weighs 50 tons. This stone was the massive lintel (or, top stone) that spanned a gate or entrance into the ancient temple of Herod's day. The gate entrance was almost 27 feet high.

The building that sits on the right was attached to the Western Wall and was originally part of a ramp that led to the Mugrabi Gate that is above Barclay's Gate.. The lintel can be seen from inside this building.

The gate to enter the Temple Mount today is above the Barclay's Gate lintel and is called the Moroccans' Gate, the Gate of the Moors or the Mugrabi Gate

Below the lintel, before the building was added, the gate was closed in with smaller stones
The stairway is still on the other side of the wall and still leads to the Temple Mount. This staircase is accessed from the Temple Mount just north of the Mugrabi Gate. The Muslims descend these stairs today to a room they call El-Buraq Mosque.
   
   

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