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  The "Temple" in Little Petra
by TheWanderingCamel

The tiny valley often called "Little Petra" is about 5 miles from the main site. It is a narrow and green valley, very shady and with richly carved tombs.

There are several theories about the original purpose of this settlement. One is that it was some kind of religious settlement, another that it was a caravanserai for those caravans who wished to camp close to Petra but who didn't want to pay the tolls (which are supposed to have been horrendous!)

But whatever the truth, it is now a cool valley, sheltered from wind, sun and cold alike. The Bedouin took full advantage of this, before and after leaving Petra, and it is only in the last ten years that they are ceasing to occupy the grottoes and tombs during the winter. Indeed, many of these grottoes have a ready made "cistern" alongside them to collect water from any rain.

Directions: A few tourist buses go here, but most people who hear about it go in taxis. A half way reasonable fare is about 12/15JD for half a day - negotiate to make sure this includes waiting time.

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  • Written Aug 23, 2005
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