The gate was demolished around 1900 in order to widen the road. There used to be numerous exchangers and storage houses for goods near the gate, and a pine dating back to the 16th century. The gate had a tower called the "serpent tower" in which was said[by whom?] to be a talisman capable of protecting from serpent bites. Bāb Jnēn today is the site of a traditional souk.
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