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Petra Sights

Urn Tomb

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 05/20/2013

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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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Petra, Jordan

Updated 05/20/2013

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