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Jerusalem’s Gates: Final (v.2)

A cache by jdevor (in memory of somloci) Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 07/10/2017
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1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This cache is the final part of the Jerusalem’s Gates Series. To find the final coords, you have to solve the puzzle below. You are looking for a small plastic box. There are a lot of muggles around, therefore MAXIMUM STEALTH IS REQUIRED. Bring your own pen to sign the logbook.

NOTES: This new version replaces "Jerusalem’s Gates: Final" (GC39BGF), which was designed by amnonymous, and like many of his caches was extremely difficult. So following popular demand, I replaced it with this more "humane" puzzle. This cache has a new GC number, so you can log it even if you already logged the previous version. It has the exact same coordinates, so if you solved the previous puzzle, you have a leg-up on this one, however, this will hopefully be unnecessary, since the new puzzle is meant to be much easier to solve than amnonymous'.

To claim the final cache you must match the 8 clues with the 8 gates of this series, then use these pairings to solve for the final location, which is at:

     N 31°
     E  35° 1d.ebf

Note that you DON'T need to find the caches to solve this puzzle, but it can help.


Gate name Cache GC code Digit
Zion Gate GC39ATE 0
Jaffa Gate GC39BGJ 1
New Gate GC39A8P 2
Damascus Gate GC39ATK 3
Herod's Gate GC39BGP 4
Lions' Gate GC39BGG 5
Golden Gate GC39ATR 6
Dung Gate GC39BGD 7
Tanners' Gate GC39A8A 8


Clue Letter Gate Name Digit
The only open gate along the eastern wall. a
Leads to a large plaza that used to have a tall pillar. In Arabic, this gate is named for that pillar. b
Pockmarked from an attempt of the Israeli forces to enter the Old City during the 1948 War of Independence. c
Noted for its rosette (flower) ornaments. d
The gate that is at the highest elevation. e
The gate that is at the lowest elevation. f
Blocked off by Sultan Süleyman in the 16th centery, and has been closed ever since. g
The only gate with a deliberately non-symmetric opening. Also, the gate that was most recently (re-)opened. h
Also named "David's gate" because of the nearby tower. However, neither of these have any historical connection with King David. i

Note: If you want to find all the caches in this series, you should expect an afternoon of walking. Or slightly more if you're like me and you tend to tend to start wandering around in the Old City. The coordinates above are NOT for the cache but for the Muristan in the Old City.

This series is in memory of somloci, who set up the original, but now archived, "Jerusalem's Gates" series (GC1XRRQ, GC1XRRN, GC1XRRM, GC1XRRK, GC1XRRJ, GC1XRRH, GC1XRRG, GC1XRRF, GC1XRRE). His untimely passing was a tragedy for the entire Geocaching community. For those who found the old series cache: the new caches are hidden close to the old caches, but in new locations, so you have a new challenge and may log a new find.

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