El Deir (from the Arabic al-Deir, "the monastery") is one of the most famous buildings in the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.
The building (45m wide, 42m high) appears to be linked to a funeral rite, probably to the Nabataean king Obodas I divinized who acceded to the throne in -96. An impressive funerary urn of 9 m high is at its peak and is accessible by a staircase. Thereafter, the building will be reused by Christians as a monastery, which has earned it its current name. The interior consists of a large room with a podium accessible by a small staircase. The arrival at the monastery is via a staircase of 800 steps cut into the rock.
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- Copyright: julien al (kyrosteinius) (332)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-05-08
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Canon EOS 400D, 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC
- Exposure: f/10.0, 1/125 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: La Jordanie en un mot...Petra !
- Date Submitted: 2008-01-26 2:24