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



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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?

 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.


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.