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Monastery in Petra and countless, carved in rock stairs

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Monastery in Petra

The Monastery in Petra is one of those corners where hiking can be quite demanding, especially with children, but of course the impressions are worth it. 🙂

Countless stairs carved in rock

Countless stairs, bends, chasms, the journey would seem long, but it is not so far. In addition, along the way we pass numerous, colorful stalls and fresh orange juice, which nowhere in Petra tastes better than here, on the stairs to the Monastery 🙂.

Monastery – one of the largest tombs of Petra

The Monastery, carved deep in the cliff wall of the Jabal ad-Dayr is one of Petra’s largest monuments, measuring 47 m wide and 51 m high. It was built on the model of the Pharaoh’s Treasury. Originally in front of the facade there was a courtyard surrounded by a colonnade. The interior is occupied by benches and an altar, hence the supposition that it was used for religious purposes.

The Monastery was constructed at the beginning of the 2nd century AD, during the reign of nabataean King Rabel II. Additionally an inscription found nearby suggests that it may have been built in memory of king Obodas II. In Byzantine times, Christians re-used the building as a chapel and carved crosses in the back interior wall. That is why it was called Monastery (by Arabians).

Petra’s donkeys

The only thing to watch out for on the way to the Monastery are donkeys, carrying those lazy or weaker tourists back and forth. Once the donkeys gained speed they did not look like they wanted to slow down, skillfully beating the next steps. I must also admit that, those tourists had to have a lot of courage riding down on a donkey, because the stairs were very slippery.

 

Photographs of one of the largest tombs of Petra

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