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?
 

 PETRA: The Theater

 the theater
The next main monument as we pass along the road into the heart of the city of Petra is the theater up ahead on our left.
from inside a tomb across the street

Petra's theater is cut out of solid rock, and badly deteriorated. The front of the theater, including most of the stage was badly damaged by floods.

The photograph on the left was taken from inside a rock cave across the road from the theater.

 reconstruction

While more impressive Roman theaters are located in Amman and Jerash, this theater is important when one considers the cultural importance it would have played in the Nabataean city.

Left: A reconstruction drawing of the theater.

 from the Urn Tomb
While some people have assumed that this was built by the Romans, the theater is actually Nabataean and was constructed long before the Romans entered Petra.

 

The caves along the back of the theater most likely come from older tombs that were removed in order to carve the theater seats.

Left: Picture taken from the mountain across from the theater.