The Ancient City

One of several viewpoints across Wadi Araba is worth the extra hike from the Monastery.

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1. Lookout

0.03 MILES

Beyond the Monastery, this eyrie perched on a steep precipice affords breathtaking views.

2. Monastery

0.27 MILES

Hidden high in the hills, the Monastery is one of the legendary monuments of Petra. Similar in design to the Treasury but far bigger (50m wide and 45m…

3. Lion Tomb

0.83 MILES

The two weather-beaten lions that lend the tomb its name face each other at the base of the monument.

4. Nabataean Quarry

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Tucked along Wadi Siyagh, at a bend in the rocky wadi bottom, there is a hint of former excavation along the wadi walls. Most of the edifices in the…

5. Painted House


Somewhat unique among buildings in Petra as it sports a coloured interior, the walls of this Nabataean dwelling are painted in ochres, burnt umbers and…

6. Convent Group

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This dense cluster of tombs makes a striking feature during a hike around Al Habis or along Wadi Siyagh. In spring they are often decorated with flowering…

7. Mu'aisireh Tombs

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Arranged above a fertile wadi with oleander fed by a natural spring, these tombs are notable for curved pediments.

8. Al Habis


Beyond Qasr Al Bint is the small hill of Al Habis (the Prison). From the Nabataean Tent Restaurant, steps lead up the hill past a disused museum around…