Petra Sights

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Renaissance Tomb

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This tomb, bearing a pediment with three urns, bears a close resemblance to the Tomb of Sextius Florentinus in the main part of the city.

Roman Soldier's Tomb

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The headless figure in the niche of this unusual tomb's facade is dressed in typical Roman military garb, while the friezes and floral...

Silk Tomb

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

The striations of natural color in the Silk Tomb's rock make it one of Petra's finest (and certainly one of the easiest to spot). The...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The main entrance to Petra, in ancient times as well as today, winds through the Siq (meaning "cleft"), a long, narrow canyon between...

Snake Tomb

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

No outward decoration marks this tomb, but 12 burial niches are carved into the floor inside. The name comes from a rough wall relief...

Temple of the Winged Lions

  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

This impressive building overlooking the Colonnaded Street takes its name from the sculptures that serve as capitals for its columns.


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

This semicircular amphitheater is a clear sign of the extent to which the Nabateans, like most other peoples of this region, had adopted...

Tomb of Sextius Florentinus

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

This is one of the few Petra monuments that can be dated with certainty: the name of this Roman governor of Arabia who died in office...


  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The Siq opens suddenly onto Petra's most famous monument, known locally as the Khazneh. This 130-foot-tall structure displays a splendid...

Urn Tomb

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

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...