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Temple of Dushares
 
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PETRA: The Temple of Dushares
(Qasr al Bint)

 Temple with altar
Note the caves and carvings in the mountain behind the temple.

 Temple from across the valley

In front of the temple was a large alter, indicating that offernings were made infront of the structure, rather than inside it.
Qasr el-Bint, the temple of Dushares, has the largest facade in Petra — 4 m wider than the Khazneh and the Great Temple. It belongs to the Parthian 'flight' type of temples with two staircases giving access to a flat roof. The central interaxial column spacing of this temple is around 8.00 m, a very impressive span, if one takes into consideration that the same span in the Artemis temple at Jerash is 'only' 4.90 m, and in the Hercules temple in Amman it is 5.18 m. Each of the column drums of the temple must have weighed around 7 tons. The masonry, the craftsmanship and the ergonomics of its construction indicate that Qasr el-Bint was a very costly project. Wooden courses inside the masonry secured the elasticity of its walls.

reconstruction

Chrysanthos Kanellopoulos, an archaeologist, historical architect and computer imager has a web site with computer generated reconstructions of the Temple of Dushares. It can be found at: http://www.sas.upenn.edu/~lbedal/chrys.html Left is a sample of Chrysanthos' work. 

 

 

 

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