Petra, Capital City of the Nabateans
PETRA
 
Arriving at Petra
 
The Walk Into Petra
 
The Siq
 
The Small Siq
 
Treasury
 
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
 
Churches
 
Kubtha High Place
 
Wadi Nmeir 
 
Small Delights
 
The Bedul
 
Petra Today 
 
Petra Park
 
Is Petra the
Holy City of Islam?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Painting
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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.
Niche

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

Niche

Painting on Plaster

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

Click here to see a larger image)

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

3 niches for 3 gods
 Fountain

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.

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