Petra Travel Guide

Petra Sights

Qasr al-Bint

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 04/20/2011

Fodor's Review

This structure's full name, which translates as the "Palace of the Daughter of Pharaoh," derives from a legend that the pharaoh's daughter promised she would marry the man who could channel water to the city where she lived. When she had to choose between two winners, she asked each how he had managed his appointed task. The one whose answer she preferred won her hand. In fact, the structure was the most important temple in Petra, built in the early 1st century AD. As in the Temple of the Winged Lions, the identity of the deity worshipped here isn't known, but a statue depicting him or her—perhaps Dushara, the greatest deity of the Nabatean pantheon—stood in the temple's inner sanctum. A giant marble hand, part of a colossal statue, was discovered here in 1959.

Sight Information

Address:

Petra, Ma’an, Jordan

Website: visitpetra.jo

Published 04/20/2011

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