Documentary Film based on Gibson's book: Qur'anic Geography
 

 

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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?
 
 
 
 
Click on the map to see a full size map of central Petra, showing the city walls.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 PETRA: City Walls

Contrary to popular opinion, Petra is not a city hidden in a crack in a rock mountain. That describes the Treasury monument, but not Petra proper. The city of Petra is located in a wide open valley. The Nabataeans built walls across this valley to protect their city from invasion from the north and south. To date, few excavations have been carried out on the wall. The best place to view the walls is from the hill above the churches.

Above: To the bottom right of this picture is a pillar from the blue church. In the background you can see the wadi (valley that runs north/south through Petra). This wadi had walls and towers to protect it.

 From the hill just above the Red Church you can see what it must have been like to stand on the city walls. These walls would have protected the city from invasion down this valley from the north.

 

Remains of the north city wall along the side of the wadi.

 
One of the city wall towers, along the edge of the wadi.