Photographer's Note

Hidden high up in the hills, is one of the legendary monuments of Petra. The spectacular Monastery (also known locally as Al-Deir) is similar in design to the Treasury, but far larger. Built in the 3rd century BC as a Nabataean tomb, possibly for King Obodas I, the Monastery gets its name from the crosses that are carved on the inside walls suggesting that the building was used as a Church during Byzantine times.

The path to the Monastery is comprised of approximately 800 rock-cut steps and takes about 45 minutes to hike. Alternatively, one can hire a donkey (with a guide) to make the trip.

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