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Treasure House at Petra. At the beginning of the Siq into the valley the probably stands most famous building Petras, which nearly 40 meters high and 25 m broad, in the brightistic style built Khazne aluminium-Firaun. The "treasure house of the Pharao", how it was called by the Beduinen, was in reality one of numerous rock graves. It was biult for the Nabataeer King Aretas IV.. Other researchers date the Khazne in 2. Century A.D., into the time of the emperor Hadrian. Over a portikus from six corinthic columns, a round temple rises. Between the columns are weathered relief figures. By the urn holes are to be recognized. They go back to gun shots of Beduinen, which had once tried to break the alleged treasure container. The urn consists however, like the entire building and the other king graves Petras, predominantly of solid rock.

from Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petra):
Petra is an archaeological site in southwestern Jordan, lying on the slope of Mount Hor[1] in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is renowned for its rock-cut architecture.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was famously described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate prize-winning sonnet by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site.

I had capture this image with a telezoom from the Siq which shadows you could see in the early morning light at about 8:30 a.m. Half hour later the treasure house is in shadow.

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