Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Monastery, Petra, Jordan

Petra is an archaeological site in the Arabah, Ma'an Governorate, Jordan.It is renowned for its rock-cut architecture. Petra is also one of the new wonders of the world.
The Monastery, Petra's largest monument, dates from the first century BC. It was dedicated to Obodas I and is believed to be the symposium of Obodas the god. This information is inscribed on the ruins of the Monastery. The Monastery is beautifully carved, though much less decorated than the Treasury, and so huge that even the doorway is several stories tall. Its name, like most Petra structures, does not reflect reality: it was probably a Nabatean temple.


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