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With its unusual rock formation, Jebel Ithlib is certainly the most picturesque mountain around Hegra. It is located east of al-Bint rock outcrop, and for the Nabataean inhabitants of Hegra in the 1st century AD it was the centre of much of their sacred religious rituals. On its northern side is a rock-cut assembly hall, known as al-Diwan, carved next to the sacred Siq, a natural crevice in the rock used for religious processions (similar, but much smaller in scale than the Siq in Petra). Along the walls of the Siq are several carved cult niches for statues of deities. On the other side of the Siq lies the Sanctuary, a natural basin with the remains of a Nabataean temple used for religious ceremonies. A small number of other religious sites have been discovered around Jebel Ithlib, including steles, assembly halls and Greek and Nabataean inscriptions. Much more, though, is thought to lie buried in the sand waiting to be discovered.
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