Royal Tombs, Petra
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 was suggested that this is the tomb of Nabataean King Malchus II who died in 70 AD. On the other hand it is considered the tomb of Aretas IV.
It is preceded by a deep courtyard with colonnades on two sides. High up in the facade there are 3 niches which give on to small burial chambers. Their inaccessibility would have made them relatively safe from tomb robbers.
The small Silk Tomb is remarkable for the swirls of different colored rock which make up its facade. Then you will see the Corinthian Tomb, which combines various elements of both the Nabataean and the classical architectural styles. Next to it is the broad, 3-storey high Palace Tomb, interesting in that its lower part was cut from the rock, while some of its upper storey was constructed with masonry when the cliff itself proved to be too low.
Just a short way from where Marguerite Van Geldermalsen has her “book shop” and trinket stall you will look to your right and see that magnificent Royal Tombs.
You can brave the hundreds of steps and walk up to the tombs but, in my case, I did not brave the walk. Even though I had drank plenty of water, the heat was well over 40 degrees Celsius and I decided that I would head over to the “Royal Tomb Shop” and have lunch and a cold beer…excellent choice if you ask me!
I am sure that these tombs must have been almost as impressive as Al-Khazneh in its original state.
Three of these which are outstanding;
Palace Tomb and
Sextius Florentinus Tomb.
These three tombs are all different in design and are quite imposing.
There are a series of big tombs called Royal Tombs.
The Urn Tomb, built high on the mountain side, could be the tomb of Nabataean King Malchus II or the tomb of Aretas IV.
There is a small tomb known as the Silk Tomb due to the color of the sandstone.
Carved into the rock are the impressive burial places that are collectively known as the 'Royal Tombs'. The one pictured is the Urn Tomb, this is reachable by stairs. Once there you can stand on the open terrace above the open vaults and view the columns & room inside close up.
As you exit the deep chasm in the sandstone rock, the Royal Tombs stretch down the right side along the same chunk of stone that you exited from. The best views of the Royal Tombs can be gained from further on, at the Great Temple and the stairs up to the Al Deir monastery, but you can get up right close to them if you want. The tombs consist of four major buildings carved out of the rock.
The first major tomb is the Urn Tomb, that can be accessed by a number of flights of stairs. It has a courtyard lined with columns, and a main chamber that was converted into a church. On the rear wall is an inscription from when the church was consecrated: by Bishop Jason in 447AD. Next door to the Urn Tomb is the colourful, but small, Silk Tomb. Next to that is the Treasury look-a-like Corinthian Tomb. Finally, on the far left, is the large, Romanesque Palace Tomb.
The Tombs at Petra are one of the highlights for sure! The colours of the the sandstone is amazing here, and as well as being incredibly interesting they offer a home away from the heat for a while!
The climb up is nice, its not high but it might feel it in the heat!
If you diddnt feel up to the short walk - get a donkey....or a camel.....or a ferrari!
The Royal Tombs are built into the side of the mountain and overlook the eastern side of the site. There are Bedouin hanging around the site but they dont really bother you, they just want to make a few dollars. The amazing staircase goes up the side of the wall to the Urn Tomb among others. There are numerous tombs and they are all spectacular. They are in different stages of erosion making each of them unique. After you reach the top of the staircase, the views are stunning.
The Royal Tombs look out over the Roman Road. From left to right in the picture you have The Palace Tomb, The Corinthian Tomb, The Silk Tomb and the Urn Tomb. The best views of these tombs are from the Roman Road or the hill alongside it. But all are worth a closer look.
The Royal Tombs look out over the commercial part of Petra and also over the two great temples there. Looking roound left to right on the photo you see : the Palace Tomb (round the corner to the right), the Corinthian tomb, the Silk Tomb and the Urn Tomb.
Like so many places in Petra, we know very little about why they were carved into the cliff and who (if anybody) is buried there. The name was given because of their position and because of their elaborate decoration.
Posted by Lulu
Four large structures, known as the Royal Tombs have been carved into the rock face, which is known as the King's Wall. These structures are known as the PUrn Tomb, Silk Tomb, Corinthian Tomb, and Palace Tomb. Obviously, it is thought that these structures are tombs. It is worthwhile to check these places out because as not only are the facades great, but the colours of the rock inside are really cool.
Following the path on the Wadi Mousa, 100 metres after the theatre, on the right there is the Al-Khubthah hill and here you can see one of the wonders of Petra: the Royal Tombs. They were buld in the 2nd - 3rd century AD and they are cave in the rock with fantastic colours. The best tombs that you can see are:
- Uneishu Tomb;
- Urn Tomb;
- Silk Tomb;
- Corinthian Tomb;
- Palace Tomb;
- Sextius Florentinus Tomb
Still walking from the Kazneh to the Roman city, on your left you can admire several wonderful tombs. Don’t make the mistake of going straight on and go closer to further check these different tombs.
There is a wonderful view of their alignment when coming back on the roman way from the ancient city.
The perfect time to see them is the sunset when the sun only slightly lit their façades.
Pass the Khazneh are the Royal Tombs. Starting from the right, they are the:
Urn tomb - dating back to circa 70 AD, this may have been the tomb of Malchus II who died at that time. A rare inscription inside one of the rooms indicates that it was converted into a church in 447 AD by Bishop Jason.
Silk Tomb - so called because of the multi-coloured veins in the rocks from which it was hewned.
Corinthian Tomb - named for it's Corinthian-like columns.
Palace Tomb - reputedly a copy of a Roman Palace.
A view of the The Royal Tombs ensemble from the monumental Gate downtown. The Urn Tomb, The Silk Tomb, The Corinthian Tomb and The Palace Tomb.