Bedouin Market at Petra
Bedouin Market at Petra is situated among
picturesque ancient buildings. Bedouins lived here since the
time of Abraham so the government doesn't prevent them
moving around. They settled in Petra and opened their own
souvenir store. Most of the items come from Petra itself or
surrounding lands. These historic artifacts include ancient
coins, pottery, amphora, carpets as well as hand made
souvenirs made of stone and wood. Some of these "historic"
items are obvious forgeries, but sometimes you can find a
true jewel of historic and archeological value.
Market in the Middle East is a unique thing.
People here are loud, pushy and sometimes obnoxious. They
know just couple of words in English, but they use them
interchangeably non- stop. If you don't want to buy anything
don't even try starting a conversation with them. You will
leave Petra with all their stuff and I mean all of their
stuff. If you don't want to see that taking place simply say
"thank you" or in Arabic "la'a shukran" ("no,
thank you") and walk away. If you do want to buy a souvenir
here you are for a linguistic adventure. Whatever price they
give you can easily get half or even quarter of the original
price. Negotiation is just part of the culture and business
etiquette. Whine, complain, cry, lie. Do whatever you want
and no one will think you are cheap or poor. It is is part
of negotiation process.
Tomb Aneisho is one of many burial tombs in
Petra. It was dug in the sandstone around 50 AD. The
monument is located on a hill, so immediately it attracts
attention of tourists and visitors. The tomb was
apparently intended for prince Aneisho, brother of Queen
Nabataean Shagilat. Aneisho Tomb has a beautiful double
eaves with carved facade that carries features of Greek,
Egyptian and Nabataean architectural styles. The interior
chambers of the Aneisho Tomb consists of two level rooms
with a total area of over 400 square meters. The central
room was equipped with a massive table and two benches on
both sides. Ancient Nabataean priests held various rituals
in this room to commemorate memory of dead royalty.
Urn Tomb (Petra)
Urn Tomb is one of many unique buildings in
Petra. Urn Tomb is part of so- called Royal Tombs that were
built for kings, officials and rich traders that once lived
here. It got its name from the urn, which is crowned with a
central pediment. It was carved from a cliff on a high hill
and today it dominates among neighboring facades. You can
get to the top of the Urn Tomb by climbing numerous steep
Urn Tomb was presumably constructed for the
king Malchus who died in Petra in 70 AD. Despite years of
natural elements Urn Tomb managed to survive and keep much
of its original appearance. The tomb stands on an open
platform. Along the North terrace there are several pairs of
columns. The inner chamber is quite impressive with an area
of about 400 square meters. In 477 Urn Tomb was converted
into a Christian church, as it is evidenced by the record of
consecration on the back wall of the main hall.
Al Deir Monastery
Al Deir Monastery is one of the unique
buildings in Petra that was carved into cliffs over 2000
years ago. Its name is derived from carvings of several
crosses that date to later Christian Byzantine period.
Original purpose of Al Deir Monastery was a royal tomb of
the king Obodas I, who ruled over Petra in the 1st century
AD. The facade of the Al Deir measures at 80 meters high
with internal burial chambers covering an area of 250 square
meters. Facade of the Al Deir Monastery is decorated with
pediments and columns cut from red sandstone. The interior
of the Al Deir consists of a Central Hall with a double
staircase that leads to the burial niche.
On the left side of the entrance to the Al
Deir Monastery you can see a steep path that leads to the
upper tier of building. Few tourists that come to Petra dare
to climb these stairs, yet local Arab children have no
problem with playing here.