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Treasury - Al Khazneh, Petra: 76 reviews and 162 photos


About 40 meter high, completely carved in the rock, this is however the most impressing building of Petra. Kazneh means treasure; it was not a temple but simply a tomb. The Bedouins have long thought that the urn at the top was containing the treasure of the dead that has rested there for some time. That?s why you can see lots of bullet impacts on this part of the building: they simply tried to break this recipient open. Bad luck this is just plain stone! I?m glad they had no bazooka at that time?
We can?t say for sure when this tomb has been built: at some point between 1st century BC and 2nd AC. The decoration is inspired from Greek, Egyptian and Assyrian architecture. The stunning part is that most probably the sculptors had never seen these foreign countries. They took their ideas from the tales told by the numerous merchants passing by.
At least, that's what I've been told by a local guide. I've read somewhere else that the architects had indeed studied in Alexandria....

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  • Updated Jan 5, 2005
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