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Incredibly, this archaeological site was not discovered until 1992 by Brown University archaeologists (Rhode Island, United States), who are still excavating the site today! It was a pile of dust and rubble back then and appears to have been partly reconstructed. The pile of rocks at the top of the stairs at right resembling chopped salami is a fallen column. The Great Temple dates from the latter part of the 1st century BC and was constructed by the Nabatean people native to the Arabian Peninsula. The chief God they worshipped in a pantheon of gods, was Dushara (dwsr). The elevation of Petra is 810 metres above sea level, so it was higher & cooler than the valley floor of Wadi Rum. The temple was in use until the 5th century. More information here:

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/jordan/petra-great-temple

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabataeans

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dushara

http://nabataea.net/gods.html

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