This gate was known as the Flower Gate because of the floral designs engraved on its facade.
The original gate was known as Bab-a-Sahairad and referred to the Moslem burial ground opposite the gate.
A-sahairad means 'those who do not sleep at night' and alludes to the future resurrection of those buried there.
However the name was eventually corrupted into A-zahar which in Arabic means Flower Gate.
This gate is also known as Herod's Gate, because it leads to the house of Herod Antipas, where Jesus Christ was sent by Pilate.
Also called the Sheep's Gate due to the weekly sheep market that used to be held in the square outside the gate.