The Siq and the Al Khazneh (treasury buidling) which lies after the exit of the Siq, maybe the most popular locations in Petra, but the Treasury Building is actually just the start of the trek into Petra Proper, as there is a canyon located at the right side of the treasury buidling that begins to widen and on both sides of the canyon, there are a number of Nabataean burial interfaces decorated with grindstones along with other decorations that is it is believed that these interfaces represents some of the senior officials in the city or princes and this area is called the street of facades and the street then leads to other locations inside petra like the roman theater, the monastery, the byzantine church, the winged lion and more.
When you leave Al-Khazneh via the Outer Siq you will reach the Street of Facades.
These are rows of Nabatean tombs with typical carvings.
In the same area is the theatre which reminds a lot of a Roman theatre. A large part of the theatre is carved into the rock, which distinguishes it from being a Roman Theatre.
The Street of Façades is near the Treasury. It is a line with tall tombs with large facades. Some of them are worn and damaged.
There are some forty tombs and their structure is about the same. They are easily acceded.
As the name suggests, the street running from the Khaznah to the theatre is a series of facades cut into the rock.They are tall and impressive, and some were even dangerous for archaeologists to reach and explore. Some excavation is still going on here as the entrances are often below the level of the street as it is now, or have been damaged and blocked after flooding..
A real avenue full of monuments, mostly excavated tombs in the rock. Really pintoresque. Here you begin to feel what was the city like in the ancient times. Most of them have suffered a lot from erosion, as you can see in the second picture.
After the Treasury there is the Street of Facades. You can see, on yours left, many tombs (40 and more) carved in the rock by Nabataean with a style that remember the Assir culture. It's impressing to see the colours of the rock and how high these tombs are. It's a great experience and you can ask yourself how was possible to carve such wonders!!!
When you come out of the siq and go past the Khazneh (the Treasury) you will arrive in the the Street of Facades. It's made of rown and rows of simple tombs, occasionally with intricate carvings. These tombs are believed to have belonged to middle class people - if ever there had been such distiction at that time - maybe merchants. These simple tombs, for a long time - had been used as shelters, and sometimes even as homes, by the beduins living in the area. The great number of them is yet another sign of the wealthyness - and the size - of Petra in its hey-days.
Directly after the treasury, as the chasm opens up into daylight, you will find the Street of Facades. These are a jumbled collection of tombs, some of which are quite stunning.
The Street of Facades is lined with tall, impressive tombs, with large facades or false faces on their fronts. This street eventually leads us down into the heart of the city proper.