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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?
 PETRA: The Churches
Petra boasts an amazing number of churches. Many old tombs were turned into churches or cathedrals, and many tombs later had crosses inscribed into their walls. Along with this, there are three churches built almost side by side. The Christian era at Petra came during the 3rd and 4th centuries, when many of the Nabataean people had emigrated elsewhere.
Urn Tomb Cathedral

 Urn Tomb

Urn Tomb Main Door



Beutiful Rock
 The inscription above records the consecration of the tomb as a church by Bishop Jason. Dates to 447 A.D. You can learn more by clicking here.
Main Church

Moasic floor
In 1990 Kenneth W. Russell discovered the remains of a Byzantine era church on the north slope of the Colonnade Street. The church contained mosaic floors, marble screens, side rooms, a baptismal tank, and a room full of burnt scrolls, now known as the Petra Scrolls.
 Ancient Cross

These scrolls were taken to the American Center for Oriental Research in Amman, and after careful examination were translated.



Blue Church

Blue Church restored


Located just above the main church is the blue church, named after it's impressive columns.

 Looking down on the churches  
Red Church

Red Church
 The Red Church is located above the blue church and crowns the top of the hill. Behind the Red Church the city walls would have protected the city from invasion from the north.
Christian Tombs
 .  To the north of Petra, a number of tombs with crosses in them suggests that this was originally a Nabataean Christian burial site footer with menus