Petra, Capital City of the Nabateans

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Arriving at Petra
The Walk Into Petra
The Siq
The Small Siq
Street of Facades
Water Works
The Theater
The Royal Tombs
High Place
Colonnade Street
Great Temple
Temple of Al Uzza
Temple of Dushares
The Museum 
The Dier 
Al Habis
Um Al-Biera
Jebal Haroun
City of Board Games
Snake Monument
Sabara Suburb
City Walls/Map
Al Beidha
Al Beidha Village
Kubtha High Place
Wadi Nmeir 
Small Delights
The Bedul
Petra Today 
Petra Park
Is Petra the
Holy City of Islam?
Rear stairs in Al Beidha
From the top of the stairs leading to Hidden Canyon, looking back towards Little Petra.
Rear Staris in Al Beidha
Above: Sitting on the stairs.
The Hidden Canyon from the top of the stairs
Above: Looking down into the Hidden Canyon
 PETRA: Al Beidha (Little Petra)
Al Beidha Pountain
After Petra, Al Beidha or Little Petra is the next most important site for the casual visitor in Wadi Musa. This site is only a few kilometers from Petra and easily accessible by taxi or rented car. It is literally hidden away in the center of a mountain.
Al Beidha Siq
Above: The entrance to Al Beidha contains a small siq (crack in the rock) through which visitors must pass.

Al Beidha Tomb
Left: This miniature version of Petra contains a number of notable tombs. The one on the left stands near the entrance to Little Petra, and demonstrates how well preserved some of these monuments are. This tomb had a door, and internal shelving to hold the dead.

 Al Beidha  Monument Left: Farther inside is a magnificent monument high on the side of the cliff.

Al Beidha Dinning Room 

Above: A small dining hall or meeting hall (majlis) nearer the front entrance to Al Beidha. Yes, those are benches or seats inside.

Al Beidha Columns Notice the clear cut the tops of these columns.

 Street in Al Beidha
Left: A street of dining halls. Most of the facades have been washed away by floods but the halls still remain.
 Dinning room with basin


Left: You can even wash your hands in the basin before and after you eat.

 Dinning Room
The smaller sinks were usually obtained running water from larger water cisterns located farther up the mountains, as well as one or two large ones located to the left of the dining hall.

Dinning Room with Basin

Note that the various dining halls had water cisterns or sinks on the right side.

A cistern in Al Beidha It's very hard to take pictures of underground water cisterns. This one had broken away at the top so we could see inside. It is about 12-14 feet deep. We used a flash, so the rocks at the mouth of the entrance are over exposed.

Left:: One of the water cisterns.

 There are a number of small beytel around Little Petra. These were ancient representations of gods.


Painting on Plaster

 Ancient painted plaster on the ceiling of one of the caves. (Damaged by Bedouin fires, and 2000 years of weather)

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Special thanks to Kezsmarki Agnes who sent us this picture. Used with permission.

3 niches for 3 gods

Left: Niches for god idols or blocks.




Left: A fountain with water draining down to a cistern at street level below.

Stairs to exposure platform All through Little Petra there are stairs leading up to exposure platforms and high places. In the picture on the right, Matthew started at the bottom left climbing the stairs. How high can one get? That depends on how brave you are.

Rear Stairs in Al Beidha showing fallen rocks


At the rear of Little Petra is a set of stairs leading up to the sky above. If you have time, climb the stairway at the back of Al Beidha and explore the small boxed canyon in the rear. It is one of the most hidden and secluded places around Petra and would have made a great hideaway.

The Hidden Canyon 
 A dam across part of Hidden Canyon. At one time there was a large water cistern here. This would have been a wonderful place to stay hidden for a long time.
A cave in Hidden Canyon

Left: A cave high on the hill. Amazingly enough, when we started to climb up to it we discovered ancient stairs. What else would you expect in Little Petra?

To the south of Al Beidha mountain is a pre-pottery Neolithic settlement. We will try and post some pictures here when the weather clears in Jordan. footer with menus