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Bāb Ḥuṭṭa (Arabic: باب حطة or باب الحطه Bāb (al-)Huṭṭa, Bāb (al-)Hiṭṭa) is a neighborhood in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem to the north of the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount). The name literally means "Forgiveness (or Remission) Gate", referring to the Forgiveness Gate of the Haram compound, connected by Bāb Ḥuṭṭa Street.


In the late 15th century, Mujir ad-Din described it as one of the largest quarters in Jerusalem.[1] A census taken by the Ottoman authority registered only Muslims in the quarter.[1] At the beginning of the 20th century, the quarter had boundaries defined as follows:

  • North and east - the city walls between St Stephen's Gate and Herod's Gate. The northeast corner is the Stork Tower (Burj al-Laqlaq).
  • South - the north side of the Temple Mount.
  • West - Zawiyat el-Hunud Street, 'Aqabet er-Rahibat, Bab el-Ghawanima Street.[1]

In the 19th century, Jews were an increasing percentage of Jerusalem's population, and began to spread out of the Jewish Quarter into the Muslim Quarter. Jewish families settled in Bab al-Hutta by 1837.[2]


The neighborhood is considered one of the poorest areas in the Old City. It is home to the Dom Romani community of the Old City, known in Arabic as al-Nawar, led by mukhtar Abed-Alhakim Mohammed Deeb Salim.[3][4][5][6]


  1. ^ a b c Adar Arnon (1992). "The Quarters of Jerusalem in the Ottoman Period". Middle Eastern Studies. 28 (1): 1–65.
  2. ^ Morgenstern, Arie (2006). Hastening Redemption: Messianism and the Resettlement of the Land of Israel. Oxford University Press. pp. 144–145. ISBN 978-0-19-530578-4.
  3. ^ Selig, Abe. Jerusalem’s Herod’s Gate receives face-lift. 06/29/2010. Jerusalem Post
  4. ^ A People Apart: The Romani community seeks recognition. By Eetta Prince-Gibson. Dom Research Center. 2001
  5. ^ Danny Rubinstein. People / Steve Sabella: Blurring the lines. Haaretz. 2005
  6. ^ Joseph B. Glass and Rassem Khamaisi. Report on the Socio-Economic Conditions in the Old City of Jerusalem. Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto. p.4

Coordinates: 31°46′55″N 35°14′07″E / 31.78194°N 35.23528°E / 31.78194; 35.23528