Petra.35

= You may recall that your last glimpses of Petra were my tea stop during my walk back down from that lovely morning spent watching the sun rise high enough to shine directly on the whole “Treasury.” That trail brought me back down to the Royal Tombs, which you see in the first photo, taken from a ways down the path. Turning around to look ahead, you’d see what’s in the photo just above: the path leading onward through the Colonnaded Street towards Qasr al Bint, the Church (the real Byzantine Church), the Great Temple, and the paths leading up towards the (so-called) “Monastery,” which was yet a further one hour +/- from Qasr al Bint, which is that large free-standing structure in the distance on the photo above. Make note of it – and remark that it stands out quite literally, in that unlike nearly all other Natabataean ruins here, it’s free-standing instead of carved out of the cliff faces. Below are a few more shots taken along the walk down towards that structure and others in the basin at the base of this path. In the days ahead you’ll see more of the (real, Byzantine) churches, and other sites along the road. If you’d like to follow along and have a sense of what’s yet to come, remember I put a map (click on that word) in one of the earlier posts here. I’ll post most of these remaining Petra posts (I’m guessing it’ll take about two more weeks to wrap up our Petra tour, depending how many posts I choose to break it into) mostly in the order in which I saw things, as I walked those paths you see on the map. It’s a very enveloping experience, being in Petra :-).

2 responses

  1. John Jaffray

    Hi Paul! Where were the fields where people grew their food?

    November 22, 2021 at 08:30

  2. This almost feels like being there!

    November 22, 2021 at 16:17

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