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  • 1. Monastery

    Ruins

    Second only to the Treasury in its magnificence, the Monastery is reached at the end of a winding uphill 4-km (2½-mile) trail. It's larger than...Read More

  • 2. Treasury

    Ruins

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

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  • 3. Bab a-Siq

    Ruins

    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 of...Read More

  • 4. Broken Pediment Tomb

    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 broken...Read More

  • 5. Byzantine Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

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

  • 6. Colonnaded Street

    Ruins

    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, suitable...Read More

  • 7. Corinthian Tomb

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

  • 8. Djinn Blocks

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

  • 9. Great Temple

    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 of columns...Read More

  • 10. High Place of Sacrifice

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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,...Read More

  • 11. Horse Square

    Plaza/Square

    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...Read More

  • 12. Lion Monument

    Ruins

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

  • 13. Nymphaeum

    Ruins

    Dedicated to water nymphs, this fountain was used for both refreshment and worship. The fountains of the two-story structure were fed by a channel...Read More

  • 14. Obelisk Tomb

    Ruins

    This upper story of a two-story tomb is named for the four freestanding obelisks that decorate its facade. The lower story, the Triclinium Tomb...Read More

  • 15. Obelisks

    Ruins

    On a terrace stand two obelisks hewed from the bedrock, examples of a common method of representing deities in the ancient Near East. Some scholars...Read More

  • 16. Palace Tomb

    Ruins

    This unfinished tomb is one of the few in Petra not carved entirely out of solid rock. Many of the tomb's constructed segments have fallen away...Read More

  • 17. Qasr al-Bint

    Ruins

    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...Read More

  • 18. Renaissance Tomb

    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. It...Read More

  • 19. Roman Soldier's Tomb

    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 capitals...Read More

  • 20. Silk Tomb

    Ruins

    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 ribbons...Read More

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