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Report - Jerusalem Gate/Golden Dome Gate, International Zone, Iraq


BillAnd

Badass dare devil gangsta
28DL Full Member
Forgive me Father, it has been several years since my last explore - but I beg your forgivness by offering you an very small exotic type.

The Jerusalem Gate, also called the Golden Dome Gate is one of four gateways within the Green/International Zone in Baghdad.
It was just a security barrier (the gates have long since disappeared) in Saddam times, but has been used as a guard post, interpreters office among others

Like most of the buildings in this area, they look fabulous from the outside, but you soon realise its all a facade!
As you can imagine its difficult to get into some of the bigger buildings ( the old Republican Guard HQ) - lots of armed soldiers still in this area as its home to the Iraqi PM.
Plus I dont have full freedom to wander, especially with my camera in hand

1. The Gate, looking east to west
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2. The south stair well
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3. east facing office - glass surprisingly intact
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4. exit to the roof.
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5. The Dome. It is modeled on the Temple of the Mount, Jerusalem - hence in some places its called the Jerusalem Gate
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6. Damage still in evidence - north facing section
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7. Sadeq's Bar - well at least Sadeq painted the beach scene in 2005. The Bar - yes alcohol is legal in Iraq
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8. View north - central Baghdad
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9. Light fittings still intact (Just)
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10. my 18mm lens was struggling here
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11. Big window, minus glass!!
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12. The road arch. The lights are grandiose nesting boxes for the birds
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13. North side doorway
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14. 06.15hrs - sunrise. The view from the top
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Boomstick84

28DL Regular User
Regular User
Nice, that's something a bit different.

What's the deal out there in regards to exploring stuff? Imagine they'd be a bit more aggy than your average security guard if you were caught somewhere you shouldn't be?
 

BillAnd

Badass dare devil gangsta
28DL Full Member
Nice, that's something a bit different.

What's the deal out there in regards to exploring stuff? Imagine they'd be a bit more aggy than your average security guard if you were caught somewhere you shouldn't be?
It has taken me and my boss (also a nosey bugger) a few months of getting up at 6am each morning and walking a 5km route and becoming a known entiry within the green zone, so all the iraqi army guards know us and expect us wandering
but there are huge signs - no photography - outside most of the camp gates
 

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