Lions Gate – one of the city gates of Jerusalem Old City
The Lions Gate is located on the east wall of the old city of Jerusalem, facing Mount of Olives. On the gate’s façade, four figures of leopards, often mistaken for lions, are crafted, hence its name.
Lions Gate is also known as St. Stephen’s Gate because it is believed that the first Christian martyr, Stephen, was stoned to death outside the gate.
The Lions Gate leads to Via Dolorosa, the Way of Grief, the path that Jesus carried the cross, walked on the way to his crucifixion. The “lions” are the symbol of Judah and Jerusalem as written in Genesis 49:9, “Judah is a lion’s whelp; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He crouches down, he stretches out like a lion, like a lioness—who dares rouse him up?”
— Helen Chan