Khan Sha’ar HaGai
Bab el-Wad – National Memorial Site
Meet Khan Sha’ar HaGai
Khan Sha’ar HaGai, also known as Bab el-Wad, is a national memorial site. The khan, which was built as a wayside inn during the Ottoman period, is situated in the narrow opening of Wadi Nahshon on the main road connecting the lowlands with Jerusalem. This road saw fierce battles during the War of Independence, and in memory of the men and women who took part in them, a heritage center was established in the khan, dedicated to those who broke through the road to Jerusalem.
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Reserving your visit through the reservation system ensures a spot on the date and time you’ve requested; you’ll also receive relevant updates for your planned visit.
- The visit is recommended for visitors age 10 and above.
- This is a memorial site and therefore picnics are not allowed. Bicycles and similar vehicles are not allowed.
Main points of interest:
In the heritage center you’ll meet the fighters who broke through the road to Jerusalem. You’ll hear their testimonies, and make fateful decisions at the interactive stations. You’ll feel as if you are traveling in an armored vehicle and you will see a a moving presentation that describes the high price the generation of 1948 paid in their struggle to keep the lifeline to Jerusalem open.
There are no marked visitor trails at the site; we recommend you visit points of interest in the vicinity as part of your day, before or after your scheduled visit.
There are no picnic spots at the site. Ask the site staff about picnic grounds in the area.
Khan Sha’ar HaGaiUseful Information
Last entry at least one hour before closing time, to allow you to fully enjoy the siteSummer hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 17:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 16:00 - 08:00 Winter hours: Sunday–Thursday and Saturday: 16:00 - 08:00 Friday and holiday eves: 15:00 - 08:00 Holiday eves: 13:00 - 08:00 Yom Kippur eve: 13:00 - 08:00
- Entry will be permitted only upon showing confirmation of reservation and only at the time shown.
- Your entry time to the heritage center at Sha’ar HaGai is precise. If you arrive late, you might have to postpone or cancel your entry to the presentation. You should therefore arrive at least 15 minutes early to pay, use toilets, etc.
The Khan Sha’ar HaGai National Site has been open on a trial-run basis for a few months before it is fully operational.
During this period, some of the installations are not operating for technical reasons. Among this is the heritage center elevator.
Thus, access for wheelchair users and other mobility challenged visitors may be available only when the trial run is completed..
No entrance to dogs
To reserve a guided tour for groups and individuals, please contact the Central District guiding department.
📞📱 Phone: 08-6220835
💌 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The khan is situated on road 1, about 40 km east of Jaffa and 20 km west of Jerusalem.
Reserving a visit to Khan Sha’ar HaGai
|Adult in group||₪ 19.00|
|Child in group||₪ 8.00|
|Israeli senior citizen||₪ 11.00|