Sited at the end of a Processional Way some 250 m in length it provided access through the outer city wall.
Completed by 1930 a representative replication of the Northern Gate and part of the Processional Way is now housed in the Pergamon museum in Berlin.
The Processional Way and the Ishtar Gate were much more important than the other city gates as they provided the background for the all important New Year procession which celebrated the religious festival and the rituals at the beginning of the agricultural year.
The lower frieze included a lion motif of a similar design to that used on the Processional Way.
A celebration of the winter solstice, the event this weekend will also include fire sculpture making to provide a series of fiery festive symbols that will be lit to decorate the processional way between the Museum and car park at the end of each day.
Visitors will be led along the processional way by the street entertainers and fire sculptors at about 3.
Excavated at Wall of Processional Way, abylon, Mesopotamia, Glazed brick, 38 1/4" (97 cm).
Its repeated design served as a guide for the ritual processions that took place on the Processional Way.
Terragni concluded it, sad to say, with a processional way
dedicated to the Empire of Rome's Past and Mussolini's Present.
On other occasions, the processional way outside the Gate was lined with elephants.
Audience halls were needed for receiving delegations, together with temples for ritual purification and processional ways.
A combination of processional way
and stairs (a Corbusian conceit) provides entrance to the house and connects all the levels.