Petra : the
Obelisk Tomb, the first of the "big"
tombs that you see when you make your way down
the way down to the Siq entrance (on the right) you pass
the "Djinn blocks", also known as "God
blocks". These are great massive blocks of sandstone
and are usually associated with a souce of water. I am
told that there are 25 of them in various places in
control in Petra : flash floods have always been a problem.
Here is a photo of the tunnel which diverts water flowing
down the valley from entering the Siq; and on the right, one
of the dams inside the Siq to retain as much as possible of
the rainwater. Incidentally when the tunnel was built, traces
were found of similar works dating from Nabatean times. Same
problem = same solution!
very impressive to walk in when it is empty of people and
silent, has recently been paved over. You can see here the
remains of the original water channel on the left, especially
clear in the centre photo. There are several places where the
running water was made more accessible for men or animals,
very interesting to see. Most of this was hidden under the
accumulated débris before the recent work was done during
which the Siq was "lowered" by nearly a meter.
One of the more
interesting monuments in Petra was uncovered in the Siq
during the work of paving. Here was carved a caravaneer,
leading a camel to water, the water being a cascade falling
from the rocks to the right of the men. The cascade is still
there after rain. but little is left of the carving except
their feet and the outline of the camel. If you keep a sharp
lookout you will find it on the left hand side of the Siq
when you are going down into Petra itself. The water channel
is visible here also, just behing the feet.
The famous "Khazneh"
or "Treasury", the most photographed monument in
Jordan! It is reached at the end of the "Siq", a
narrow canyon nearly a mile long and up to 500m deep. Known
to the entire world nowadays as "The Temple of the Holy
Grail" in the film "Indiana Jones and the Last
Crusade", it has been largely protected from weather
erosion by its situation in between high cliffs.
Some of the thousands of tombs
|Coming from the
||The exterior of a
beautiful coloured tomb
area near to the theatre
of the Roman theatre
Urn Tomb, named for the "urn" at the top. It is
sometimes called "the Court" from its
utilisation under the Roman rule
This is a
photo of the "ceiling" of the Urn Tomb
Royal tombs seen from the "paved road"
el bint" or "the castle of Pharaoh's daughter
is in fact the remains of a Nabatean temple. The name
comes from the legend that a Pharaoh left his daughter
here for her safety while he was waging war in the
people are starting to tire when they approach the Museum
and the steps going up to the Monastery (some 400 of
Transport is available if wanted
Monastery or "Ed Deir" in Arabic.
There is a magnificent view from near here over Wadi
Araba, but it does mean walking an extra hundred meters
or so which hurts after all those steps! See the photo
on the "A walk around Petra" page
Photo Leon and Mirjan
the way up to the High Place of Sacrifice - more
Roman soldier's tomb, on the "back way"
down from the High Place.
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