High Place of Sacrifice, Petra

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    The walk up to the High Place of Sacrifice.

    by morgr Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    Stand facing the theatre, and to your left is a walkway that will lead you up eventually to the high place of sacrifice. It is (in my opinion) an easier walk than to the monestary, it was alot of stairs and took us about 20 minutes to reach the top. At one point the pathway splits, one path going straight and the other turns right. There were no signs indicating wich way to go and no vendors around to tell us, we decided to the right looked better, and it turns out we were right. So turn right.

    Path to High Place of Sacrifice.

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    The dripping well - a good place to picnic!

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 7, 2005

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    It is possible to turn off these steps, perhaps two thirds of the way up, where a narrow track leads off to the right, while the main path turns sharply left. This brings you onto a wide ledge looking out over the valley below. Here you find Petra's dripping well in the Wadi Qattar.

    This place is cool even in the height of summer. If you have brought a picnic with you, and if you have avoided the tempting detours along the way here, this is a perfect place and time to have your lunch with cold water running nearby! On the way back perhaps, so that you don't have to push yourselves to finish the climb after eating.

    If you have have something in which to catch it, the water that drips down is pure and you can drink it with no fears of unfortunate effects - don't try this with the water on the ground though.

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    The High Place of Sacrifice

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 5, 2005

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    If you want to detour away from the direct road down through the site (stairs are always alluring!) you will find that this particular climb is fairly straightforward, and you can marvel at the engineering abilities of the Nabateans who cut out the solid rock in several places to give easier access

    . It is unlikely that actual animal sacrifices were performed here - one can see the practical difficulty involved in bringing an animal to it! It has been suggested that human sacrifice was involved, but no evidence has ever been found of this practice in Petra.

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    Sunset at the High Place of Sacrifice.

    by morgr Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    I would recommend comming up here for sunset. The view was spectacular and we were (apart from some bedouin girl with a cellphone, yes even they have cells) the only ones up there.

    A definite must see for anyone spending any time at all in Petra.

    Sunset from the high place of sacrifice, Petra.

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    Wadi Farasa and the other tomb wall

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 7, 2005

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    Everybody knows about all the tombs in the Street of Facades, opposite to the stairs to the High Place.

    But if you come down again by the "back way" past the Roman Soldier's tomb, there is another great collection of tombs there, which not many people get to see, although they are less than 50 meters from the main pathway.

    There's nothing very important here, but it's a good place for a rest and a picnic in the shade.

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    Coming down again the back way

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 5, 2005

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    From the High Place if you take the back way down a long series of steps you will come out in Wadi Farasa, passing on the way the Garden Tomb and the Lion Fountain, and the Roman Soldier's tomb with its triclinium.

    The Garden Tomb is small and tucked away; it is close to the Lion Fountain and immediately alongside the large cistern mentioned below. It takes its name from the greenery surrounding it in the spring: there is a large tree and a carpet of grass in front of it. The Lion Fountain, incidentally was almost certainly a drinking fountain - a good place for it!

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    Lost on the way to the High Place

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Then that’s where it becomes messy! I’m still not too sure what you are supposed to do once you have climbed these stairs. Don’t trust the small little piles of stone you can see on the way! At the beginning I thought it was the local way to show which path to follow (a bit like the white and red painting tags along the GR paths in France), that could have been it but I suspect some tourist are also piling stones just for fun! In short they don’t lead anywhere.
    At some point I did regret not to have taken a guide. I can now understand why Petra remained undiscovered for so long!! After some time wandering around the mountains, I finally discovered the high place; it was on the mounts in front of me!!

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    High Place of Sacrifice

    by JohnniOmani Written May 16, 2006

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    The High Place of Sacrifice is a true highlight of Petra because it offers some fascinating history along with argueably the best views of the entire site. The place is reached by stairs (45 minutes) from off the street of facades. It not overly challenging but half the fun of getting up there is the trek. The view offers a great shot of the colonnaded street and the royal tombs.

    View from the High Place
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    On the way to the High Place

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Another classical excursion is the walk until the High Place. Once you have seen the Monastery, this would be the second walk to do.
    Not so easy to find, when you come from the Kazneh, the path start on your left, 200 meters before the theatre.
    The first part is quite easy : a very long stair you could even start to climb at noon! Indeed at this time of the day most part of the stairs is in the shadows…

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    A Time to Kill

    by wilocrek Written Apr 22, 2009

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    The High Places of Petra are a sight to see, for one thing the view from the top is incredible as it shows off the mountain range and terrain of Petra, and for another the places where the Nabetaeans preformed sacrifices are still quite visible. Its quite easy to imagine how a sacrifice might of gone down and that added to the incredible setting and view make the High Places a place to be. Its a solid 30 minutes hike to the top and the trail starts from near the Ampitheatre.

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    The high place of sacrifice

    by dabuwan Updated Jan 31, 2003

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    It's a long steep walk; you'll need half a day. Do it in the morning to avoid the heat. The monuments up here are interesting and a bit different from the rest of Petra, but views are the most impressive thing. There are carved monuments on the sides of the mountains around, though most of them are difficult to reach. Take care not to lose your way if you walk out of the main path.

    View from the high place of sacrifice

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    High Place

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 2, 2005

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    Now that it was in sight I managed to get there relatively quickly! The first things to see are several obelisks built for a Nabatanean Venus. Only a couple of meters high, they are not so impressive at first sight! However what is much more incredible is that they have indeed been carved out of the mountain!! The stone around them has been removed.

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    High Place of Sacrifice

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    The hike up to the top of the "High Places" takes about 1 and a half hours. This takes you to the High Place of Sacrifice.

    It is a very flat plateau and there are altars up here with gullys to drain the blood away, of the sacrifice.

    Sacrifice Altar, with Alex
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    High Place Oblisks

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    There are a few Oblisks both on the top of High Place of Sacrafice, and also along the south foot path on the way back down.
    Along with the Oblisks on the top are a few ruined buildings, it is thought this is where the priests lived.

    High Place Oblisks
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    The High Place, a Sacrifice Place?

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 2, 2005

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    A bit further, a few more steps to climb and you arrive at the top of the mount. There, you can see several pools carved into the rock. The place is called as well sacrifice place. However according to the experts these pools were not used to collect the blood from some kind of sacrifice but instead to collect the precious water…

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