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1. The Siq

The Siq
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It is the ancient main entry to Petra, and is a mile long, narrow valley

2. The Treasury

The Treasury
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One of the most elaborate temples in Petra is Al-Khazneh, aka The Treasury. It is among the most renowned points of interest in both the region and Jordan. Al-Khazneh was constructed as a mausoleum and crypt of the Nabatean King Aretas IV Philopatris at the dawn of the 1st century.

3. The Dam

The Dam
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The dam stands at the entrance to the Siq

4. Street of Facades

Street of Facades
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The Street of Facades is a row of monumental tombs

5. The Great Temple

The Great Temple
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It is one of the biggest ruins in Petra

6. Tomb of Unayshu

Tomb of Unayshu
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A tomb carved into the mountain Jabal al-Khubtha, the Tomb of Unayshu is a magnificent structure located to the right of the Street of Facades in Petra. It is primarily known for its architecture as there is nothing much inside besides 11 burial niches. This tomb also has a collonaded courtyard. It is a great place for photography as it offers great views of the Nabatean Theatre and other attractions.

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7. Temple of the Winged Lions

Temple of the Winged Lions
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The Winged Lion Temple is a spectacular Nabatean temple complex situated in Petra's Sacred Quarter. It was built in the 1st century AD and is called so because of the winged lion capitals atop most columns here. Since it is on an elevated platform, the temple offers beautiful views of the surroundings.

8. Lion Triclinium

Lion Triclinium
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The Lion Triclinium or Lion’s Tomb is a Nabatean monument and a historic banquet hall once used for funerals. Located in a narrow canyon in Petra, it is usually visited en route to the famous El Deir monastery. It boasts a classical facade with an entrance shaped like a keyhole (due to erosion) flanked by winged lions and surrounded by pilasters featuring floral designs.

9. Petra Theatre

Petra Theatre
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The Petra Theatre is the first Nabatean theatre dating back almost 2000 years. It lies close to the heart of Petra, Jordan. It offers excellent views of the surrounding canyon, hills, and several famous Petra rock tombs. One can also climb up the mountain opposite the theatre for marvellous views of the entire structure. It is an excellent place for photography.

10. Petra Museum

Petra Museum
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3 km
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The Petra Museum is home to over 280 artefacts dedicated to Petra’s history and the Nabatean civilisation. It is located quite close to the entrance to the archaeological site of Petra in Wadi Musa. It is, therefore, recommended to visit the museum before exploring Petra itself. Some of the items here include statues, tools, coins, knives, pottery, jewellery, clothing, weights and measures, weapons, mosaics, etc.

11. Sextius Florentinus Tomb

Sextius Florentinus Tomb
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Sextius Florentinus Tomb is a cemetery situated in Wadi Musa, a little ahead of the Royal Tombs in Petra. Built between AD 126 and AD 130, its facade has Latin inscriptions indicating that it is dedicated to the Roman governor Titus Aninius Sextius Florentinus. It is primarily built in the Roman architectural style with certain Nabatean elements and unlike many other tombs around, its interiors are worth exploring.

12. High Place of Sacrifice

High Place of Sacrifice
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Also known as al-Madhbah, the High Place of Sacrifice is a historic site once used for animal sacrifices to the Nabatean God Dushara. One of the highest places in Petra, it is situated atop the Jebel Madhbah Mountain, close to the Petra Theater and the Street of Facades. It offers marvellous views of some of Petra’s renowned attractions and the camel handlers below. It is also an excellent place for photography.

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13. Little Petra

Little Petra
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Little Petra, also known as Siq al-Barid, is an important Neolithic archaeological site located north of Petra in Wadi Musa. One of the first inhabited villages in the world, it is believed to be older than Petra and is also the original burial site for the Nabateans. The site is almost hidden away in a rocky area amidst mountains and is home to about 65 structures.

14. Mosesquelle

Mosesquelle

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Mosesquelle, often known as Moses Spring or An Musa, is a sacred natural spring located east of Petra in Wadi Musa. It is believed to have been created by Moses, who struck the rocks with his staff which led to water coming out. This water was then used to quench the thirst of many Israelites. The rock struck by Moses is also found here.

15. Qasr-Al-Bint

Qasr-Al-Bint

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The Qasr Al-Bint is a well-known historical landmark in Petra, situated northwest of the Great Temple and southwest of the Temple of the Winged Lions. Also known as the Temple of Dushares, it is one of the still surviving ancient structures in the city.

16. The Monastery

The Monastery

3 km
from city center
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Ad Dier is one of Petra's most celebrated historical monuments and is also known as 'The monastery'. It is situated in the northwest part of the city. This monastery was sculptured from rosy-red sandstone around 2,000 years ago by the Nabateans. It is a marvellous example of classical Nabataean architecture.

17. Renaissance Tomb

Renaissance Tomb

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from city center
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Renaissance Tomb is an archaeological landmark in Wadi Musa in Petra, Jordan. It is a 2nd Century AD tomb, known as a Renaissance tomb due to the archivolt mouldings that frame the arch above the doorway. This is the last big tomb within the High Place of Sacrifice Trail.

18. Royal Tombs

Royal Tombs

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from city center
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The Royal Tombs is a series of large mausoleums with majestic facades that overlook the city centre and main walkway of Petra. These are situated on the western slope of Al-Khubtha mountain. These were constructed by the Nabateans from the rose-red sandstone over 2,300 years ago.

19. Urn Tomb

Urn Tomb

3 km
from city center
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Urn Tomb is a historical monument that is an ancient burial chamber & Byzantine church near Wadi Musa in Petra, Jordan. It was sculptured out of sandstone cliffs and featured a collonaded terrace. The Urn Tomb is the most stunning among of Royal Tombs.

20. Tomb of Aaron

Tomb of Aaron

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from city center
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The tomb of Aaron marks the burial site of Aaron and is the highest peak in the region, about 1350 m above sea level. It is situated on Aaron's mountain (Jabal Haroun), a remote hilltop southwest of Petra. It is believed that when Aaron, the brother of Moses, died, he was buried in the Petra region, in this white-domed mosque, which was constructed in the 14th century.

21. Obelisk Tomb

Obelisk Tomb

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from city center
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The Obelisk Tomb is a notable monument in Petra near Wadi Musa, on the way to the Siq Pass. This is an ancient tomb and funeral hall, which was sculptured from sandstone rock. Notably, the Obelisk tomb is one of the first monuments visitors see when visiting the legendary Petra city.

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The most common way to get around in Petra is on foot. However, you can also hire donkeys or horses to ride on.
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