Eagle Monument

The Ancient City

Carved into a niche in a cliff near the entrance to the Siq is a beautiful eagle with outstretched wings. This bird is often depicted in ancient times as a symbol of a male deity and the niche was likely to have been intended as a shrine.

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Nearby The Ancient City attractions

1. Obelisk Tomb & Bab As Siq Triclinium

0.19 MILES

Between the Petra Visitor Centre and the entrance to the Siq (south side of the path), there is a fine tomb with four pyramidal obelisks, built as…

2. Djinn Blocks

0.23 MILES

About halfway between Petra Visitor Centre and the entrance to the Siq, look out for three enormous, squat monuments, known as Djinn Blocks or God Blocks…

3. Siq

0.29 MILES

The 1.2km Siq, or canyon, with its narrow, vertical walls, is undeniably one of the highlights of Petra. The walk through this magical corridor, as it…

4. Petra


The spectacular sandstone city of Petra was built in the 3rd century BC by the Nabataeans, who carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms and stables from…

5. Petra Exhibition

0.44 MILES

Awaiting the completion of a new home (currently being built across from the Petra Visitor Centre), this excellent exhibition makes the most of more than…

6. Sacred Hall

0.56 MILES

The Sacred Hall may have had ritual connections with the Treasury, diagonally opposite.

7. Treasury

0.57 MILES

Known locally as Al Khazneh, this tomb is where most visitors fall in love with Petra. The Hellenistic facade is an astonishing piece of craftsmanship…

8. Cistern

0.67 MILES

Hilltop Nabataean cistern with wonderful views of the Theatre.