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Petra - The Treasury (Al-Khazneh) of Petra

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The Treasury is the centerpiece of Petra and the most beautiful monument in the ancient city.
Petra - The Treasury (Al-Khazneh) of Petra

Petra - The Treasury (Al-Khazneh) of Petra

Petra Picture (c) Linda Garrison
Emerging from the Sik, the 1.2 km narrow passageway through the colorful rocky cliffs of Petra, to come upon the magnificent Treasury, is a magical moment for most visitors to Petra. Carved into the sandstone cliff in the 1st century BC, Petra's Treasury was originally a tomb, but was later used as a temple.

The architecture of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) is particularly interesting and is a mixture of Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Nabatean elements. The Treasury is 30 meters wide and 43 meters high (98 feet by 140 feet) and is tucked into a corner of the wide canyon at the end of the Siq. As with most of the other monuments at Petra, the interior of the Treasury is unadorned and barren.

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