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The Treasury

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The "Treasury" was built sometime between 100 BC to 200 AD. It is 40 meters high and is adorned by a 3.5m high urn which people once believed to have hidden the wealth of the Nabataeans - hence the name...

 

The Monastery

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Continuing from the Royal Tombs through the Collanaded Street to Qasr al-Bint al-Faroun (Castle of the Pharoah's Daughter,the only free standing structure in Petra) and then a further one half hour...

 

The Siq

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Almost a mile long, the Siq is the main tourist route into Petra. The winding tunnel is actually not a tunnel at all,but a fissure in the rock, widened by tectonic plate movement. Widening and...

 

High Places in Petra

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On the way to the summit of the Petra Mountain is a path where the Nabataeans curved out their most sacred open-air Altar where they performed ritual killings of animals as offer to their Gods....

 

PETRA ON FOOT

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The Nabataeans established the site 1500 years ago, carved their homes out of the red rock. Forget horses,camels and jeeps, walk in by foot and gaze in the amazing thumbs and the treasury . 

 

Qasr al Bint

 

This is the best preserved free-standing building in Petra. It is the temple of the main Nabataean god Dushara. Its name means "Palace of the Pharoh's daughter"

The temple known today as "Qasr al-Bint" sits at the western end of a long temenos, past the Temenos Gate at the end of the Colonnaded Street. The large temple (see the people below for scale) measures about 60m wide by 60m deep, or 200' square, including the porch. Its standing walls are 23m (76') high. The temple faces north, towards the temenos, and was approached by a broad flight of steps. A large altar stands in the temenos, in front of the temple. This photo looks south across the altar to the porch of the temple. The porch was originally fronted by four large columns, whose bases are seen here. The cella of the temple is located beyond the porch wall and through the arched entrance.

 

 

The Great Temple

 

Just off to the left of the Collonaded Street is the Great Temple. A one great building, and the source of some controversy. Its design led many archealogists...

 

Walk the walk

 

I would always advise where possible to make the walk into Petra yourself..not only will you see more and have a better experience you will have better view of all the Petra site . 

 

Amman Beach - Dead sea Jordan

 

This is a great place to have a float in the dead sea and a swim in one of the two pools. You can mix with the locals here as most of the people are locals....

 

One day trip to Petra from Israel

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I was traveling in Israel and I really wanted to see Petra because I had heard so much about it and of course , it is a World Wonder. I contacted Booking-tours.com company in Eilat and they have organized the trip for me according to all of my requests ,  

 

Al Beida, and little Petra

 

Beida means white in Arabic, the area got this name from the white rock around it, it is around 10 Km. to the north of Petra. Little Petra was inhabited by the Nabateans .

Beida means white in Arabic, the area got this name from the white rock around it, it is around 10 Km. to the north of Petra. Little Petra was inhabited by the Nabataeans and has lots of tombs, water containers and  channels, it has a small path that leads to some of the inside area, Siq alBared, the scale of this area and the fact that it is a continuation of Petra gave it the name of Little Petra.

Entrance is free of charge, and it closes at 5:00 p.m. In one of the houses carved in the mountain there are the remains of a fresco, you can still see the leaves and birds painted on plaster covering the ceiling of ther oom, the room is easy to find, and it's on the left side and has cement stairs leading to it. A ten minutes walk from the entrance, between the fields that are still cultivated, is the Neolithic settlement of Beida that is one of the first in human history, it has some houses built from stone in a shape of a circle, before humans figured out that a square house is more practical. Close to the area is a Bedouin camp with a small Bedouin museum.

 

 

The garden pool in the Market

What was orignialy named by the early archaeologists "the Lower Market" has been excavated and turned out to be a large pool, surrounded by a colonnade with...

 

Go to the desert

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You can also go and visit the desert in this area, there are many canyons and interesting places & sites around but don't go on your own, you might get lost so...

 

The amphitheatre

 

As you proceed further down the canyon, beyond the Al Khazneh you will get to see the amphitheatre, it says it has Roman influence but the unique in this...

 

The Siq canyon

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You walk down from the entry gate through the canyon and observe the beautiful colourful walls, as you get progress the canyon get deeper, narrower and the...

 

The many burial chambers

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The whole site is full of many burial chambers from this ancient time, estimated on average of 2000 years from the time of the Nabataean, they are even...

 

Al Khazneh

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Petra's most famous and known site is the Al Khazneh, it is about two thousand years old and it was carved into the canyon rock. What people might not know that...

 

look out for the desert police

 

What a good look this is! definitely keep an eye out for a sighting of Desert Police here in their uniforms! - enjoy a look and photo of this colourful and...

 

First Stop - Petra Visitor Center

 

Your first stop upon arrival at Petra will be the Petra Visitor's Center. Here, you may purchase your admission tickets, pick up brochures and maps of the site,...

 

Camels

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Once you come out of the Siq,there are many local people who will offer to let you ride a camel, or at least take a photo. I didn't do this, but several in our group make it .

 

City Centre

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The first thing to be seen in the city center is the remains of the Nymphaeum. Only a short stretch remains of the 6 meter wide paved the Colonnaded Street,...

 

Royal Tombs

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The first of the so called Royal Tombs is the Urn Tomb. This tomb is built high on the mountain side, and requires climbing up a number of flights of stairs. It...

 

Aneisho Tomb

 

Passing by the Theatre Square you will see a lot of Tombs to the right. The Aneisho Tomb is the first among them. It was created about 50 AD. It’s situated a...

 

Theater

 

The Theatre was carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice during the reign of King Aretas IV (9BC-40AD). It consists of...

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