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April 28, 2009

4,000-Year-Old Abraham’s Gate Reopened At Tel Dan Nature Reserve

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

The 4,000-year-old Abraham’s Gate reopened to the public last month at the Tel Dan Nature Reserve in northern Israel after extensive restoration work by the Nature and National Parks Protection Authority.

Composed of sun-dried mud brick on a foundation of large basalt stones, Abraham’s Gate was first uncovered almost 40 years ago and has been restored to its original height of 22 feet. The gate serves as a link between the two towers below its arches, the earliest complete arches ever found in the world.
 “Abraham’s Gate is truly one of Israel’s most coveted and significant historical treasures,” says Arie Sommer, Commissioner of Tourism, North and South America.
 “The reopening of Abraham’s Gate is sure to add some extra excitement for visitors to Israel this summer.”

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