Also known as the Saqava Gate or Mosul Gate, because it is on the road leading to Mosul. This was the solitary entrance to the fortified, hilltop town.
It was intended to intimidate arrivals to view the city and its rulers as powerful. This style corresponds to the city gate designs used in Mesopotamia particularly in the Assyrian period.
It also features symbols of the Sun God and a star sculpture. Surrounding this are two snakes with wolf-like heads, fighting against warriors wearing brocaded clothes (Parthian warriors uniform).