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


The Sacred City from Glasshouse Media on Vimeo.

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 Small Siq

The small siq does not actually enter the city but goes through the mountain farther on. This siq is not the second "thaniya" into Petra as it does not enter the city proper. The second thaniya exits Petra from the far end of the colonnade Street and descends down to Wadi Araba.

The entrance to the small siq starts at the Nabataean Water Tunnel, located to the right of the dam, at the entrance to the main siq. (Top right)

The path to this siq travels through the water tunnel, (right) and then follows the wadi along, turning left at various locations until it comes through the siq and out into the Petra Valley near the Christian Tombs.

Because the small siq is an active watercourse, it is unadvisable to travel through it during the period from October to April.

This siq is not designed for the casual tourists. It has places where visitors will have to climb rocks and clamber over obstacles that the water has deposited.


It is not uncommon for this wadi to fill with water during the time between October and April. It may rain thirty to fifty kilometers away, and the water will rush down the wadi, and will create a flash flood. If you are caught in the far end of the wadi during a flash flood, you would be crushed to pieces by the rocks and water. Please heed this warning. Otherwise, this siq offers some of the most spectacular scenery in Petra, and is well worth the effort.

Left: Start by going through the Nabataean Tunnel.

There are two large rocks in the tunnel that have fallen, but it is possible to get around them.
  The walk through the wadi is quite pleasant.


After a long walk, the wadi turns left and narrows considerably.(4-5 feet in width) Some of the rocks take quite some effort to scramble over.

  That's Matthew up ahead with his hands in his pockets. Watch out for boulders and spectacular twists and turns.

Russell pauses for a picture. Imagine being here when a flash flood takes place! That's why it is important to only visit this spot during the dry summer.
  This is not a cave, it is a crack in the mountain, and an unforgettable experience.


Yep, those are god niches on the wall. The Nabataeans made small images to their gods in them. Something is coming!

   First of all there are a couple of right and left hand turns.


Left This amazing altar is protected in a corner curve of the siq.

  A strange shaped niche in the side of the siq. The godblock has long since disappeared.
   Bottom: If you look carefully, this niche has a god block with a crescent above it.

There are many niches and godblocks in this secret hidden cavern. One wonders what strange scenes played out here in past history.



Left: There are some amazing carvings along this siq, especially when it water course takes sharp right turns.


  Above and left: An amazing dome shaped sanctuary filled with god block niches.

Below: Scrambling out of the other end of the small siq! You need to get over this giant rock that has created a natural dam. It's a bit of a scramble.
  This is the other end of the small siq. From here you must turn left and walk along the mountain. Make sure you enjoy the many caves and tombs along this path until you come to the Royal Tombs.