Qasr al-Bint, Petra


Carole Raddato
published on 18 April 2024
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Qasr al-Bint, one of the main temples in the Nabataean city of Petra (Jordan). It is located to the northwest of the Great Temple and is one of the best-preserved ancient structures surviving in Petra today. It was probably the cult centre of the city’s patron deity, the Nabataean deity Dushara ("Lord of the Shara Mountains"), used only by priests and dignitaries. Qasr al-Bint once stood 23 m high and consisted of a pronaos (vestibule), a naos (or chamber), and a tripartite adyton, which contained the cella, the most sacred part of the temple. It was probably built during the second half of the 1st century BCE.

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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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