Top ChoiceCanyon in The Ancient City

Siq

Siq

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 snakes its way towards the hidden city, is one full of...

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High Place of Sacrifice

High Place of Sacrifice

The most accessible of Petra’s High Places, this well-preserved site was built atop Jebel Madbah with drains to channel the blood of sacrificial animals. A flight of steps signposted just before the Theatre leads...

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Monastery

Monastery

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 high), it was built in the 3rd century BCE as a Nabataean...

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Theatre

Theatre

Originally built by the Nabataeans (not the Romans) more than 2000 years ago, the Theatre was chiselled out of rock, slicing through many caves and tombs in the process. It was enlarged by the Romans to hold...

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Urn Tomb

Urn Tomb

The most distinctive of the Royal Tombs is the Urn Tomb, recognisable by the enormous urn on top of the pediment. It was built in about AD 70 for King Malichos II (AD 40–70) or Aretas IV (8 BC–AD 40). The...

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Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs

Downhill from the Theatre, the wadi widens to create a larger thoroughfare. To the right, the great massif of Jebel Al Khubtha looms over the valley. Within its west-facing cliffs are burrowed some of the most...

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Treasury

Treasury

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. Although carved out of iron-laden sandstone to serve as a...

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History of Petra

Included in the price of the entry ticket to Petra is a chance to see the Jordan Heritage Revival Company in action. Dressed as Roman centurions, some in full armour on horseback, their steel helmets glinting in...

Top ChoiceBuffet in The Ancient City

Basin Restaurant

The Basin serves a wide spread of international dishes, including a healthy selection of salads, fresh falafel and barbecued spicy sausage. Lots of desserts are also on offer, including fruit and umm ali (dessert...

Top ChoiceJewellery in The Ancient City

Umm Raami's Shop

Marguerite van Geldermalsen, of Married to a Bedouin fame, sells silver jewellery from this stall nearly opposite the cave in which she once lived with her Bedouin husband and in which she raised her eldest son,...

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Bdoul Mofleh Tea Shop

Long-term Petra resident Bdoul Mofleh rustles up ad hoc tea for those passing his 'unofficial' cave house on Al Habis. This is the best tea shop in Petra with a view over remote, little visited tombs on the other...

Archaeological Site in The Ancient City

Colonnaded Street

Downhill from the Theatre, the Colonnaded Street marks the centre of the Ancient City. The street was built around AD 106 and follows the standard Roman pattern of an east–west decumanus, but without the normal...

Tomb in The Ancient City

Obelisk Tomb & Bab As Siq Triclinium

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 funerary symbols by the Nabataeans in the 1st century BC. The...

Temple in The Ancient City

Qasr Al Bint

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 emperors and destroyed around the 3rd century CE. Despite the...

Temple in The Ancient City

Great Temple

A major Nabataean temple of the 1st century BCE, this structure was badly damaged by an earthquake not long after it was built, but it remained in use (albeit in different forms) until the late Byzantine period....

Monument in The Ancient City

Djinn Blocks

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. Standing guard beside the path, they take their name from...

Church in The Ancient City

Petra Church

An awning covers the remains of Petra Church (also known as the Byzantine Church). Inside the church are some exquisite Byzantine floor mosaics, some of the best in the region. The mosaics originally continued up...

Tomb in The Ancient City

Palace Tomb

The delightful three-storey imitation of a Roman or Hellenistic palace, known as the Palace Tomb, is distinctive among the Royal Tombs for its rock-hewn facade, the largest in Petra. The doors lead into typically...

Ruins in The Ancient City

Garden Triclinium

This hall was used for annual feasts to honour the dead placed in the Roman Soldier’s Tomb. The hall is unique in Petra because it has carved decoration on the interior walls. The Garden Tomb and this triclinium...

Tomb in The Ancient City

Silk Tomb

Next to the distinctive Urn Tomb in the Royal Tomb group is the so-called Silk Tomb, noteworthy for the stunning swirls of pink-, white- and yellow-veined rock in its facade.