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



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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?



The Siq (Thaniya)

 Siq entrance
A "thaniya" is a small crack in a mountain. The city of Petra had two thaniyas, or passages through the mountain. The main one is known as the "siq" and is quite unimpressive. However before you go rushing through, read the sign, and look around. On the left of the siq is a water channel that brought water from a spring several miles away into the heart of Petra. There is even a Game Board behind the rock with a bench infront of it. The water channel on the right is washed away at this point, but is quite clear later on. Just to the right of the two people in the photograph is the remains of a triumphal arch that used to span the entrance to the siq. Now it is time to get excited, because this impressive crack in the mountain is over a kilometer long!
 Siq colors Like I said, it gets really impressive! Those who chose to walk can pause along the way and examine the wonders of nature, and take photographs.

 narrow places

At this point in the siq, visitors are walking on the ancient cobblestone road, possibly over 2000 years old. The careful observer will be able to see the ruts that thousands of chariot and wagon wheels have worn into the stones.

 The picture on the left is taken at one of the narrowest part of the siq. It is a great place to stop and look around. On the left hand side of the siq is the water channel. It used to be covered, but long ago ancient floods washed away the cover stones. On the right side of the siq an ancient clay pipeline can be seen. These clay pipes also brought water down to the center of Petra. It is possible to see two well preserved sections of pipe in the museum in the center of Petra.

On one occasion when taking a British building contractor through Petra, he noted that the ends of the clay pipes were tapered, something we moderns only figured out how to do a couple of hundred years ago.

 rock designs
There are many things to see along the siq. Take special note of how the water has eroded away the sandstone. (left picture) Check out some of the incredible colors in the red-rose rock mountains of Petra.

rounded block god Along the walls of the siq are many small niches containing block gods of various kinds. The image, above right, includes 3 block gods, side by side. Perhaps these represented a Nabataean trinity. The image on the left is above an inscription.

 3 block gods