Petra Garden-Pool Complex


Carole Raddato
published on 18 April 2024
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The garden and pool complex in Petra (Jordan) is an ornamental Nabataean garden situated on an artificial terrace west of the Great Temple and overlooking the main colonnaded street. It includes a large swimming pool, an island pavilion, and an intricate hydraulic system on a series of large terraces. A stone dam served to store the water from the canals and was distributed through the channel along the walls of the pond. Based on excavations, the complex appears to have been built during the reign of the Nabataean king, Aretas IV (9 BCE to 40 CE) and remained in use throughout the Roman annexation of the city in 106 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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