Must see attractions in The Ancient City

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    Street of Facades

    From the Treasury, the passage broadens into what is commonly referred to as the Outer Siq. Riddling the walls of the Outer Siq are more than 40 tombs and…

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    Temple of the Winged Lions

    The recently excavated Temple of the Winged Lions, built around AD 27, is named after the carved lions that once topped the capitals of each of the…

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    Basin Area

    The Basin is an area just beyond Qasr Al Bint where the main wadi widens at the bottom of the valley. The area, which houses the two restaurants (Basin…

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    At more than 6m high, these remarkable structures are carved out of the rock face, not built upon it: looking at the negative space surrounding them, it's…

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    Temenos Gateway

    Built in the 2nd century AD, the gateway originally had huge wooden doors and side towers. It marked the entrance to the temenos (sacred courtyard) of the…

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    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…

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    Aaron's Tomb

    Crowning the top of Jebel Haroun, this tomb encased in a 14th-century, whitewashed shrine is thought to be the last resting place of Aaron, Moses' brother…

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    Dorotheos' House

    Referring to a complex of ruined houses, rather than just one, this set of ruins earned its name from the Greek inscription on the triclinium. The…

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    Corinthian Tomb

    The badly damaged Corinthian Tomb is something of a hybrid, with Hellenistic decorative features on the upper level and a Nabataean portico on the lower…

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    Lion Monument

    Water here was channelled to pour out of the lion’s mouth from the rock face above – an example of Nabataean engineering at its most sophisticated. A…

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    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…

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    Turkmaniya Tomb

    With the bottom half of the facade missing, this tomb is remarkable for the Nabataean inscription it bears – the longest yet found in Petra.

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    Christian Tombs

    Many of these caves are marked with crosses, leading to the assumption that they may have been used for Christian burial.

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    Blue Church

    Commanding good views of the central portion of Petra, the remains of this ruined church have a stone floor.

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    Lion Tomb

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

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    Garden Tomb

    One of the most striking monuments in Wadi Farasa, this tomb may have been used as a temple.

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    Pharaun Column

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

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    Hilltop Nabataean cistern with wonderful views of the Theatre.