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Urn Tomb Review

Named for the vaselike decoration at the top of its pediment, this is the largest of Petra's royal tombs. It is supported by a series of vaults at its lower level, dubbed al makhamah (the law court) by the locals for some long-lost reason; the upper level was called a-sijn (the prison). Although originally carved around AD 70, according to an inscription within, Petra's Byzantine Christians turned the Urn Tomb into a church in AD 446.

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  • Address: Petra
  • Location: Petra
Updated: 05-20-2013

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