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
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.
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.
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...