Petra Sights

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Bab a-Siq

  • Building/Architectural Site

The Gate of the Cleft opens onto the Siq, the canyon-lined passageway leading to Petra's main sights. From here you can spot the remains...

Broken Pediment Tomb

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

One of a series of facades carved into the western face of Jabal Madhbah, or the Mount of the Altar, this tomb is characterized by the...

Byzantine Church

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Richly decorated with mosaics in the characteristic style of the period, this church (discovered by the American archaeologist Kenneth...

Colonnaded Street

  • Neighborhood/Street

The Romans built the main street of Petra in the early 1st century BC. In typical Roman style, it became the city's major thoroughfare,...

Corinthian Tomb

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Set among some of Petra's finest tombs is one named for its large number of Corinthian capitals, now badly deteriorated, that once decorated...

Djinn Blocks

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

The function of these three large structures is unclear; they may have been connected to Nabatean worship, perhaps symbolizing one of...

Great Temple

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

No one can say for sure which god was worshipped at this temple, or whether it was the seat of the city's government. But the dozens...

High Place of Sacrifice

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

An ancient flight of stairs cut into the rock—and restored by the Jordanian Department of Antiquities—leads to the summit of Jabal...

Horse Square

  • Plaza/Square/Piazza

Horses used to be the conveyance of choice for the approximately 1-km (½-mile) trip to Petra's main buildings. The admission price entitles...

Lion Monument

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Surface runoff fed this fountain along the path to the High Place of Sacrifice via a channel leading to the lion's mouth. ...


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