The Treasury - Al Khazneh, Petra

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    Views from Above

    by wilocrek Written Apr 20, 2009

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    The best views of the Treasury are from above, not only do you get a unique perspective of the Treasury but it gets you away from the hordes of tourists that crowd into the small area in front of the Treasury. The average tourist has no idea that there is a way to climb to a location above the Treasury, most guides there know about it but will charge you an enormous fee to take you there. However there is no need to hire a guide...unless you really are not the adventurous type...it is fairly easy to get there on your own. As you leave the Treasury towards the Monastery you will see the Theatre on your left and the Royal Tombs on your right. Go towards the Royal Tombs and towards the end of the tombs you will see a fairly obvious set of stair carved into the rocks. Take the stairs to the top where you will come across an ancient Nabataean cave that usually has a bedouin selling tea. Just to the left of that cave you follow the easy to see footprints of other hikers to a viewpoint which hovers over the Treasury. Its not as hard as it may seem and you will most likely run into a few fellow hikers that will point you in the right direction. If you are spending more than a couple days in Petra this is a must see thing to do!

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    The Holy Grail of Petra

    by wilocrek Written Apr 20, 2009

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    The Treasury is the main reason most tourists make the long trek to Petra, and with its unique location, cut right into the canyon wall its easy to see why. The Treasury inspires an awe that can't be described, only felt, and for that reason it must be seen in person. Walking through the Siq for the first time is like walking down the hallway on Christmas morning to where the presents are waiting under the tree. I knew what to expect to see but when at long last I finally saw the Treasury peeking through a sliver of an opening in the Siq I was immediately entranced. The Treasury in Petra is my Holy Grail because as an Indiana Jones fan I was introduced to this amazing creation in the "The Last Crusade", at first I thought it was just part of an elaborate set but when I found out it was real I was immediately drawn to it. Visiting Petra to see the Treasury became my Holy Grail and it did not disappoint.

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    Indiana Jones was here!

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Feb 2, 2009

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    People who have seen the film of Indiana Jones will be disappointed to discover that the interior behind the spectacular facade of Treasury is small and not really very interesting. The photo on the left shows the narrow entrance to the Siq immediately opposite. The archaeologists are excavating the area in front of the Khazneh called "The Plaza". They have already found the remains of a couple of fountains, or possibly just basins of water.

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    visit the treasury.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 23, 2008

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    The treasury.

    The tresury is probaply the best known place in Petra.
    It has most likely been the grave of an ancient king, but it yet has to be completely determined.
    It´s a fantastic building carved out in the red sand stone rock and it chnges color all day long depending on the light.

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    The Treasury

    by tim07 Updated Jan 29, 2008

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    This is where you fall in love with Petra. Carved into the rock at 43m high & 30m wide the facade is an amazing piece of work. Stand in the entrance inbetween the columns & you get some idea how impressive the scale of it is. The interior however is just an unadorned square hall.

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    The Treasury

    by Custodyspice Written Jun 24, 2007

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    The Star attraction of Petra and rightly so.

    Everyone who is an Indiana Jones fan will recognise the Treasury, but no matter how hard I searched, that Holy Grail was nowhere to be found. Immortality escapes me yet again...

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    Pictures are not the same ....

    by onfoot Written Feb 16, 2007

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    Ive probably seen the treasuary (Al Khaznah) over a dozen times ...
    Yet I can`t say two times were the same. The scene is always diffrent ..... it changes with the sun light, the weather, the number of tourist & how loud they are. But it is always a glorious scene.

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    That First Glimpse at Petra

    by kentishgirl Written Jan 14, 2007

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    First Glimpse of the Treasury


    I will never in my whole life forget the glimpse, we had been walking and admiring the siq for 1.2 Kilometres, then all of a sudden out of nowhere a glimpse of the famous Treasury just sprung up before my eyes, framed by the 2 sides of the siq was this amazing structure.

    I hope that your first glimpse of the siq will be as memorable as mind.

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    Petra - Police

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    Petra - Police

    The Royal Jordanian Police is on patrol mainly on the main square. They are here to protect the visitors and also to protect the ancient city from tourists who would like to take stones with them. Clearly this is not permitted and one should leave only footprints. Those tourists who carved their names into the buildings "I was here" etc. should be stoned on this main square.

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    Petra - Treasury Square

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    Treasury Square

    An attractive photo makes the view from the front of the treasury onto the large main square with the narrow gorge that is leading to Petra being in the background. The large columns of the Treasury are visible in the front.

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    Petra - The Treasury Inside

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The Treasury Inside

    The Treasury is fenced off and one is not permitted to walk inside. However one can take a peak and see the massive rooms in the inside and large door ways leading to other rooms and also to the upper parts. Nothing is inside those rooms today and most of the artifacts that have been found are now in various museums around the world.

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    Petra - The Treasury

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The Treasury

    The Treasury has to be seen and I don't think any explanation will make due to the day when one is able to see it with once own eyes. This massive building carved into the stone - simply look at the people in this picture and you get an idea how big this building actually is.

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    Petra - The first glimpse

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The first glimpse

    I have visited Petra now twice already. On my first visit our guide asked us to close our eyes shortly before we got the first view of the Treasury. We then stumbled forward a few steps and he told us to open our eyes. I almost fell over - the impressive sight of the Treasury standing right in front of one was simply astonishing.

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    The Khaznat el-Faroun III

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    The Khaznat is 40 metres high! It is believed that it is such good condition due to the relatively protected space it stands in - a relatively small open plaza surrounded on three sides by 50 metre+ cliffs protected it from the worse excesses of erosion.

    Although known as the Treasury, it is believed that, due to the distinctive features, it was more likely to be a shrine or temple rather than a tomb. But others believe it to be a Royal Tomb (as are most of the facades left standing). It gained its name 'The Treasury of the Pharoah' as a result of the local legend that the urn at the top of the facade contains treasure left by a Pharoah. This idea continues with another, slightly more contemporary legend that the same urn contains pirates treasure.

    In typical Nabataean style, it is the facade that is elaborated carved - the interior rooms or chambers are no more than carved out of the rock and very plain squares.

    The age is disputed, but is believed to be from the late Hellenistic period (First Century BC).

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    The Khaznat el-Faroun (Treasury)

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 19, 2006

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    The first glimpse and it is the most famous image of all the facades in Petra - Khaznat el-Faroun (Treasury of the Pharoah). Not just because it graces the pages/postcards etc of Jordanian tourist literature, but because yer man Indiana Jones alias Harrison Ford battled for the Holy Grail in the Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade' on this very spot.

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