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Pictures from Petra, in Jordan: Al Deir Monastery and Tombs.
 
Al Deir Monastery in Petra
Al Deir Monastery in Petra, Jordan.                                     © messouvenirsdevacances.over-blog.com

Petra is an ancient city located in southern Jordan. It was the capital city of the Nabataeans in the 6th century BC and a major caravan centre set in a dominating red sandstone landscape. Petra is famous for its rock cut architecture. It is now one of the world's richest archaeological sites.Petra is a major tourist destination in Jordan and a world heritage site (UNESCO).

Al Deir Monastery is the largest monument (height: 50m, width: 45m) in Petra.  It dates from the 1st century BC. It was a Nabatean temple. The Monastery is an hour's climb from the city centre on an ancient rock-cut path of about 800 steps.

Silk Tomb in Petra
Silk Tomb in Petra, Jordan.                                                © messouvenirsdevacances.over-blog.com

Three Royal Tomb structures are carved into the King's Wall of Petra. One of them is the Palace Tomb, nicknamed Silk Tomb from the extraordinary chromatic effect of the rock. The site includes also the Urn Tomb and the Corinthian Tomb.

The most magnificent sight in Petra is probably the 40 meter high Khazneh el Faroun(popularly known as "the Treasury"), cut directly from the rock of the mountainside. This is the first sight that visitors see at the end of al-Siq, the narrow gorge that is the main entrance to Petra. The Khazneh is the only rock-cut building in Petra that presents absolutely no Nabataean element and attests to link exclusively with the Alexandrian world and Hellenistic artistic traditions.

Petra Treasury in Jordan
Khazneh el Faroun, Petra Treasury in Jordan.                                                                                                         © Dirk Wuyts


 

Links

Petra
Information about Petra from the official tourist board of Jordan.
ADC scuba diving Antwerpen/Deurne
Find here many more pictures of Dirk Wuyts from his trip to Petra, Aqaba, and the Red Sea (scuba diving) in Jordan as well as his travelogue.

See also

Jordan > Pictures and travelogues > Jerash, Kerak, and Mount Nebo
Jordan > Pictures and travelogues > Diving Aqaba

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