Petra Things to Do

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  • 1. Treasury - Al Khazneh

    5 out of 5 stars

    The structure now called the 'treasury' is the first part of Petra's city centre which visitors saw. As they finally reached the end of the Siq, itself always in shade, its twists and turns slowly...

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  • 2. Siq

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    The Siq ('gorge') would be massively impressive even if it were nothing more than a rock formation. It was created when the mountain split into two and gradually, over millennia, the waters of the...

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  • 3. Monastery - Al Deir

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    There is no doubt that the structure now called the 'monastery' is absolutely massive (about 48m/158 feet high) and massively impressive simply by virtue of its size. To give a better impression of...

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  • 4. Royal Tombs

    The East Cliff holds an array of impressive tombs known as the 'Royal tombs'. The cliff is on the right, a little after Petra's theatre, and you'll need to climb up to get to the tombs themselves....

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  • 5. High Place of Sacrifice

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    *****Way of 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....

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  • 6. Street of Facades

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    The path from the 'treasury' (the 'outer Siq') curves slightly and gradually opens up into an area called the 'street of facades', named for the numerous...erm..tomb facades with which it is...

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  • 7. Theatre

    Petra's theatre dates from the 1st century AD/CE. The Romans had not taken control at that time although there were strong trading links between the Nabateans and the Roman empire. The tiers of...

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  • 8. Djinn Blocks - God Blocks

    The modern path from the site entrance leads down a very gradual slope to Bab as-Siq, the entrance to the famous 'Siq' itself. But even though the path you walk upon is modern, it is still Petra....

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  • 9. Little Petra

    The second widened part of the Siq al-Barid has just as many well-worn caves and steps and dwelling places as the first, but it also holds something entirely unique. The lower levels of the cliffs...

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  • 10. Bab As-Siq

    the Bab Al Siq is the starting point of a Petra Tour. This is the flat trail that goes around from the ticket booth of Petra National Monument and criss crosses the rock hills up to the entrance to...

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  • 11. Water Supply

    The Nabateans, being masters of water related architecture, build water channels that starts at the moses spring in wadi musa and goes into a large dam and assorted underground and above ground...

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  • 12. 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 Pharaoh's Daughter". It is an enormous temple and would...

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  • 13. Byzantine Church

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Petra's Byzantine church has wonderful mosaics inside but the complex which surrounds it is also worth an exploration. A small courtyard area at the front has many pieces of carved masonry on display...

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  • 14. Urn Tomb - Al Mahkamah

    Al-Mahkamah ('the court'), one of the 'royal tombs' carved out of he East Cliff, is the B'dul name for what is known as the Urn Tomb (because its facade is topped by a huge carved urn). The B'dul call...

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  • 15. City Centre

    What was orignally named by the early archaeologists "the Lower Market" has been excavated and turned out to be a large pool, surrounded by a colonnade with benches and plants. There was an island in...

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  • 16. Aaron's Tomb - Jabal Haroun

    Jabal Haroun is as holy a place now as it was thousands of years ago. Traditionally, this is the site where Aaron (Haroun in Islam), brother of Moses (Musa), was buried and it has been a place of...

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  • 17. Visitor Centre

    If you have time (and can contain your excitement) then visiting this little museum before setting foot on the site really would be very helpful. As well as displaying many artefacts found on the...

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  • 18. Horses

    It's a long walk down from the Visitor Centre to the entrance to the Siq, around 800m (half a mile or so). On the way you'll pass carvings, tombs and 'god-blocks' but maybe you're not very...

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  • 19. Palace Tomb

    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...

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  • 20. Obelisk Tomb

    Just after the god-blocks you'll pass what might be considered your first 'proper' Nabatean monument. The Obelisk tomb gets its name...obviously...from the row of obelisks on its upper level, still...

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  • 21. Colonnaded Street

    As you leave the theatre behind the path curves slightly round a corner and hits the beginning of Petra's paved 'colonnaded street'...the Roman Cardo Maximus.... which runs through what was once the...

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  • 22. Silk Tomb

    Beyond the amphitheatre, a sudden run on all things touristy (including a major 'camel park') opens out onto a wide wide vista. To the right in the next set of serious facades - the Royal Tombs. A...

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  • 23. Tombs

    Although There are many kinds of tombs in Petra, like the Obelisk Tomb, the Royal Tomb, Tomb of the Roman Soldier, the Urn Tomb, etc, the common tombs for nabatean commoners can be found around Petra...

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  • 24. Al Baida

    Al Baida is the semi-desert area which lies well outside the main Petra site. To get there you take the road which goes through the B'dul village of Umm Sayhoun. The B'dul have rights to pitch their...

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  • 25. Corinthian Tomb

    You'd think that the 'Cornthian tomb' would be called the 'urn tomb', because of the rather obvious urn on its facade. It isn't. Of course, the 'Corinthian tomb' isn't its real name anyway. All the...

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