Petra Photo Gallery

The wadis and hills around Petra contained neolithic villages as early as 7000 B.C.E. During the Iron Age, Edomites lived in the area. They were pushed west into Judea by the Nabateans, who came from western Arabia about 600 B.C.E. to build Petra. The city had a population of around 30,000 at its height. The Romans conquered Petra in 106 C.E. and added typically Roman architecture. During the Byzantine time, some Nabatean buildings were turned into churches. Earthquakes in 363 and 551 C.E. toppled many of the buildings, and the city was mostly abandoned (and forgotten in the West) after the 14th century C.E. until Swiss traveler Johann Ludwig Burckhardt rediscvered it in 1812.

Modern Wadi Musa (Valley of Moses) and 'Ain Musa (Moses's Spring):

Wadi Musa Moses's spring, Wadi Musa

Djinn Blocks:

Djinn Blocks Djinn Blocks tombs

Entrance to Petra: the Obelisk Tomb and Bab As-Siq Triclinium:

entrance to Petra Bedouin horses approach to Petra Obelisk Tomb Obelisk Tomb

As-Siq, the narrow gorge, is the main entrance to Petra:

slot canyon in the slot canyon tomb in the slot canyon slot canyon canyon wall slot canyon slot canyon

Al-Khazneh (the Treasury, tomb of King Aretas III), the first sight you see when you exit from the slot canyon:

first glimpse of the Treasury the Treasury the Treasury camel

The Outer Siq:

camels carved rooms

Street of Facades and the Theatre (Nabataean tombs):

street of facades street of facades street of facades tombs tombs tombs theatre

Royal Tombs:

tombs tombs donkeys tombs

The Urn Tomb:

Urn tomb Urn tomb

Colonnaded Street, the center of Petra:

Arabian camels on the cardo cardo Roman road main temple

Qasr al-Bint, probably the main temple of the Nabataean capital, is the only free-standing bulding in Petra that has survived earthquakes and floods:

Qasr al-Bint Qasr al-Bint

Up into the mountains to Al-Deir (the Monastery), built in the 3rd century B.C.E. as a Nabataean tomb, with view of Aaron's Tomb on Mount Hor (Jebel Haroun) and Wadi Araba:

trail to Al-Deir trail to Al-Deir view from trail to Al-Deir trail to Al-Deir Al-Deir goats Al-Deir Tomb of Aaron on Mount Hor Wadi Araba view from Al-Deir view from Al-Deir sandstone trail to Al-Deir trail to Al-Deir

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Last modified 18 January 2014