Colonnaded Street – Petra

The Colonnaded Street was the center of ancient Petra, lined with shops and stores. Now it is reminiscent of a Roman forum, with the ruins of columns and arches on either side, and still has some shops, although now Bedouin owned and selling cheap souvenirs. Above the Colonnaded Street is a massive open-air altar (3rd photo, and can be better seen above the street in the last two pictures), dedicated to the chief god of the Nabataeans, Dushara.

The Colonnaded Street can also be thought of as the center of modern Petra; three paths stem from the hub. To the right is a Byzantine Church and the Temple of Winged Lions. To the left, past the open air altar, is the processional path up to the summit of Attuf Ridge, passing by many elegant tombs and culminating in the High Place of Sacrifice. Forward is the Qasr Al-Bint Temple and a final long hike up to the Monastery.

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~ by jonathanmtsai on December 5, 2010.

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