Palace Tomb, Petra
This tomb is an oddity, although its size and positon clearly indicate that it was the burial place of important people. Set into the East Cliff, right next to the 'Corinthian tomb', it is called the 'palace' tomb because of its size and supposed external resemblance to a palace.
There were originally five levels to this tomb but the cliff wasn't high enough to have them all carved out of the rock. The highest levels were built of stone, quite separate from the cliff face, and those have collapsed over the centuries.
The facade has 18 pillars and four entrances, each leading to a burial room (some of which have burial niches...loculi..carved out of the walls). The facade isn't symmetrical and it looks rather odd.
The 'palace tomb' is weather-worn but, being placed where the cliff turns at a slight angle, it hasn't suffered quite as badly as its immediate neighbour.
This carved monument has the look of a palace, that's why it has been called palace tomb. The central door looks like hanging as the columns were eroded.
It is composed of three levels and though all the structure has been partially destroyed it still looks magnificent.
A huge five story facade with five doorways on the first level. On the second level stand 18 columns that support the third story.The 4th and 5th stories are decorated with short pilasters. This monument probably functioned as a banqueting area for funerary ceremonies.
The last of the Royal Tombs is the biggest. The Palace Tomb is particularly wide and like the Corinthian Tomb it is not in excellent condition, much of the carving is worn or broken away in places. There is a large stage in front of the tomb and it has been suggested that it served as a venue for royal funerals.
The biggest of all the tombs. A real monument. It has three sections. First two are excavated from the rock, and the third one, on the top, was built with stones. Due to erosion and earthquakes, most of the third level has now disappeared, but you can still see part of it.It has four fronts with chambers in the first level and many columns in the second, creating one of the most spectacular monuments in Petra.
The Palace Tomb is very wide, and has three distinct stories in it's facade. Supposedly, it is similar to the Roman palace design of the Golden House of Nero. In front of the tomb is a large stage and in front of this a large courtyard.
By the side to the Corinthian Tomb there is the Palace Tomb. It's an imitation of a Roman Palace and it's the only tomb of Petra in which the facade was end with paves because the mountains behind the tomb wasn't enough wide to cave it. This is one of the biggest monument of the Pink Town.
The Palace tomb is unusually wide in proportion to the height of the tomb. The tomb as four portals and a platform in front of it that could have been a stage where they held state funerals. Possibly for this reason there is also a courtyard in front of the tomb and stage.
With five horizontal divisions and 46meters high, this is the biggest façade of Petra but it is not in a very good state