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Petra Sights

High Place of Sacrifice

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 05/20/2013

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An ancient flight of stairs cut into the rock—and restored by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities—leads to the summit of Jabal Madhbah, or the Mount of the Altar. Its peak, besides offering spectacular views of Petra below, contains a rectangular court surrounded on three sides by benches in the triclinium style of the Roman dining room; in the center of the court is a raised block of stone, on which the priest may have stood. To the west are two altars accessed

by steps, in front of which is a channel into which the blood of the sacrificial animal drained.

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Petra, Jordan

Updated 05/20/2013

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