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Petra Sights

Monastery (Al-Deir)

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Updated 05/20/2013

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Second only to the Treasury in its magnificence, the Monastery is reached at the end of a winding uphill 4-km (2½-mi) trail. It's larger than the Treasury (it stands 170 feet wide), but less impressively ornate. An inscription was discovered nearby referring to "the symposium of Obodas the God." From this inscription, archeologists deduced that the Monastery was built 2,000 years ago as a meeting place for members of the cult of Obodas. Either tomb or temple, it holds

a spacious chamber cut deep into the mountainside, and offers sweeping views of the adjacent gorges.

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Petra, Jordan

Updated 05/20/2013

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