Herod's Gate is a gate in the northern walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. It adjoins the Muslim Quarter, and is a short distance to the east of the Damascus Gate. Its elevation is 755 meters above sea level.NamesHerod's Gate is the Christian name of the gate. In Jesus is sent by Pontius Pilate to Herod Antipas, and a Christian tradition identifies the site of nearby Greek Orthodox Church of St Nicodemus with the palace of Herod Antipas. The current church is built on top of a ruined Crusader church and is called in Arabic Deir al-'Adas, "the monastery of the lentils", based on another tradition claiming that it once had a soup kitchen feeding lentil soup to the poor. Yet another tradition claims that the church is built on top of the prison in which Saint Peter was held by Herod Agrippa, the nephew of Herod Antipas.Bab az-Zahra is the Arab Muslim name of the gate. In proximity to the gate is an Arab neighborhood called Bab az-Zahra. Az-Zahra is a corruption of the name As-Sahira given to the hill and cemetery across the road, where people are buried who have performed the pilgrimage to Mecca. Sura 79; 6-14 of the Koran speaks of the Day of Resurrection using the phrase "they shall return to the earth's surface ("as-sāhira")", and an old tradition interprets this term as the proper name of a concrete valley or plain, identified at least since the 11th century as the nearby Kidron Valley. The other meaning of "sahira", taken as a verb, is "to be watchful" and would indicate how the newly resurrected would look around waiting for the events to follow. The name "Sahira", once corrupted to "Zahra", sometimes rendered as "Zahara" and on maps from the late 19th-early 20th century as "Zahira(h)", became very similar to an Arabic word for flower or blossom, zahra.
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  • Without being the prettiest or the best known, it has its charm because it gives access to an area of the Muslim quarter very uncrowded and where you see the real life of people
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  • This gate is not too busy and convenient for travellers from East Jerusalem travelling to Via Dolorosa, St Anne’s Church and even the Western Wall.  more »
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  • We traveled to our Holy Land, The State of Israel, on a journey of faith, visiting very important historical sites. Every inch seems to have something remarkable, Jerusalem is simply overwhelming as every building, stone, street represents something right out of the Bible. We stood before Herod's Gate, imagining the times when Jesus was alive. Highly recommend traveling there!
  • One of the most beautiful gates of the Old City. It connects the Muslim Quarter inside of the old city to palestian neighbourhood of Bab a Zahra, situated just outside. Very near to the east of the Damascus Gate
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