The Ancient City

Unexcavated tombs along the base of the eastern cliffs near the Edomite village lie off the beaten track making them a good place to explore in the company only of lizards and the odd crow.

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2. Crusader Fort

0.25 MILES

At the summit of Al Habis are the limited remains of this fort built in AD 1116 by Baldwin I. The ruins are not impressive, but the views across the city…

3. Columbarium

0.25 MILES

The multiple niches of the the enigmatic Columbarium remain a mystery; some suppose they housed votive images or urns, others say this was a dovecote for…

4. Pharaun Column

0.28 MILES

A good landmark and the lone surviving column of a Nabataean temple.

5. Az Zantur

0.29 MILES

A 1st-century AD palace that’s still under excavation.

6. Unfinished Tomb


Offers a rare glimpse of the way the Nabataeans constructed their rock tombs, starting at the top on a platform of scaffolding and working their way down.

7. Upper Temenos

0.33 MILES

It is worth climbing to the upper part of the Great Temple to gain a sense of the enormity of a structure that would once have occupied 7000 sq m. It is…

8. Qasr Al Bint

0.34 MILES

One of the few free-standing structures in Petra, Qasr Al Bint was built in around 30 BCE by the Nabataeans. It was later adapted to the cult of Roman…