First Glimpse of Petra's Treasury from the Siq

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Carole Raddato
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published on 12 April 2024
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The first glimpse of Petra's Treasury (Al-Khazneh) upon exiting the Siq.

The famous façade, known today as the Treasury, was originally a rock-cut tomb with a two-story façade, 24.9 m wide and almost 40 m high. Both stories are embellished in the Corinthian order and are elaborately decorated with friezes, sculptured figures, vegetation, and motifs related to the afterlife and death. The so-called Treasury was surely the last resting place of a king, probably constructed in the 1st century BCE for King Aretas IV (r. 9 BCE to 40 CE).

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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