Al-Khazneh
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Be prepared for the breathtaking sight of this 2000-year-old monument which resembles a Greek temple with an urn at the top that was once reputed to hold priceless treasures.
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  • Athena Constantinou
    119 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing feat of engineering!
    As you take the last turn in the Siq, the first glimpse of the columns emerges, and no picture of the Treasury will ever prepare you for the sense of absolute awe you feel when you stand before this majestic monument and see it with your own eyes. Cut into the cliffs, carved into the red sandstone and quietly hidden between the canyons of Petra, this enigmatic monument is the most famous of all the monuments of Petra. In reality, this 39-metre-high structure is just a facade with a relatively small hall that is believed to have once served as a royal burial site, although its original function remains a mystery. If it looks familiar, that's because it appeared in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as the final resting place of the Holy Grail.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California8,574 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Iconic
    The most iconic monument of Petra. The stunning mausoleum and its state of preservation is mind blowing. Its unique and eclectic design is a mix from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Syrian architectural elements. It's best to see it in the early hours to avoid the crowds. There will be Bedouins trying to get you to take pictures with the camels and guide you to one of the picture spot hikes.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,557 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally, I saw it!
    I first saw it on Day 1 of my visit of Petra. Used my 2-day Jordan Pass for this visit. On Day 2 of my visit, I saw it again when I started my walk/hike at the Little Petra. The Treasury is the most intact of all the ancient buildings located in Petra. Closed #2 is the Monastery. From the Visitor Center, one can walk, ride the camel, or ride the electric cart to reach this attraction. I passed by the huge, beautiful boulders and canyons. Took lots of pictures here!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2023
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JORGE A A
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
The treasury is just one of the jewels that Petra is having, magnificent structure surrounded by big rock canyon that makes more impressive the way to get there, worth every meter walked.
Written April 1, 2024
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Ayman N
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
once in life amazing experience at petra , so much to learn the history of culture Naboteens
Civilization , Petra most see
Written February 22, 2024
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Asiyah Noemi K
Pula, Croatia5,048 contributions
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Nov 2023 • Couples
A magnificent edifice. Coming out of the enchanting canyon called the Siq, this marvelous edifice called the Treasury appeared. I can't take my eyes off it, it's impressive, big and beautiful. Perfectly positioned opposite the main route into Petra, the Treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic) was designed to impress, and, two thousand years on, the effect is undiminished. What strikes you first is how well preserved it is, carved deep into the rockface and concealed in a high-walled ellipse of a valley (known as Wadi al-Jarra, “Urn Valley”), it has been protected from wind and rain. Al-Khazneh, is one of the most elaborate rock-cut tombs in Petra, a city of the Nabatean Kingdom inhabited by the Arabs in ancient times. As with most of the other buildings in this ancient town, including the Monastery (Arabic: Ad Deir), this structure was carved out of a sandstone rock face. Al-Khazneh means "The Treasury" in Arabic, a name derived from legends regarding the decorative stone urn high on the second level, which in reality is solid sandstone. It became called "Al-Khazneh" in the early 19th century by the area's Bedouins as they had believed it contained treasures. The detailing of the capitals and pediments on the forty-by-thirty-metre facade is still crisp. It is normally dated to the first century BC, possibly to the reign of King Aretas III Philhellene (“the Greek-lover”), who brought architects to Petra from the centres of Hellenistic culture throughout the Mediterranean. The carvings on the Treasury facade, though much damaged by iconoclasts, are still discernible and show to what extent Nabatean culture was an amalgam of elements from the Hellenistic and Middle Eastern worlds. An exceptional architectural masterpiece. Atop the broken pediments, framing the upper storey, are two large eagles, symbols of the Nabateans’ chief male deity, Dushara. In a central position on the rounded tholos below the urn is what’s been identified as a representation of Isis, an Egyptian goddess equated with the Nabatean goddess al-Uzza; in the recesses behind are two Winged Victories, although the remaining four figures, all of whom seem to be holding axes aloft, haven’t been identified. Two lions, also symbolizing al-Uzza, adorn the entablature between the two storeys. At ground level, the mounted riders are Castor and Pollux, sons of Zeus, who lived partly on Olympus and partly in the underworld. The Treasury has appeared in many Hollywood films, gaining particular fame after being featured in climactic scenes in the 1989 film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, in which its facade is represented as the entrance to the final resting place of the Holy Grail.
Written January 19, 2024
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WinB09
Houston, TX38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Awe inspiring. One of the bucket list items. The siq, narrow walkway ending in the treasury, is out of this world. Definitely worth the visit.
Written January 18, 2024
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
I first saw it on Day 1 of my visit of Petra. Used my 2-day Jordan Pass for this visit. On Day 2 of my visit, I saw it again when I started my walk/hike at the Little Petra.

The Treasury is the most intact of all the ancient buildings located in Petra. Closed #2 is the Monastery.
From the Visitor Center, one can walk, ride the camel, or ride the electric cart to reach this attraction. I passed by the huge, beautiful boulders and canyons. Took lots of pictures here!
Written November 2, 2023
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,574 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The most iconic monument of Petra. The stunning mausoleum and its state of preservation is mind blowing. Its unique and eclectic design is a mix from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Syrian architectural elements.

It's best to see it in the early hours to avoid the crowds. There will be Bedouins trying to get you to take pictures with the camels and guide you to one of the picture spot hikes.
Written October 23, 2023
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Freedom42648367952
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The Treasury is awesome, however if you want to go up to take photos from above you’ll have to pay a fee and they will try to shake you down. The price changes based on who you are and if you don’t want to pay or try to walk off you’ll be insulted with obscenities, they are not afraid to drop the f word. I have been to 14 countries, and the people at this location pretty much ruined my Jordan experience.
Written September 17, 2023
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bgtoca
Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
Al Khazneh aka The Treasury is Jordan's iconic landmark and top tourist attraction. It's about 2 km or 30 min walk from the site's main entrance. This is what everybody comes to see when they come to Petra, so come as early as possible. It can be a real challenge to get good photos of The Treasury due to the crowds of tourists, school children, Bedouin hustlers, and their animals getting in the way. I appreciated the beauty of the place, but it's very hard to enjoy it due to the crowds, noise, and the constant hassling from the local Bedouins to get you to buy their overpriced trinkets, or ride their unwell-looking animals. Hiring a reputable guide in advance really helped to get a better understanding of the history of the place, which was very interesting. I would love to come back to explore some of the more remote parts of Petra, as 1 day is not enough to do much more than to see the Treasury.

Now for Petra by Night, my experience may not be typical, but I hated it, felt unsafe, and couldn't wait to leave. First you walk the 2 km to The Treasury in almost complete darkness, with only paper lanterns lighting the way. Then, at The Treasury you are herded like cattle to sit on tiny camping chairs with no back support. I'm petite and I was pretty uncomfortable sitting on those. And let's not forget the stray dogs that walk alongside the tourists in the dark startling them, baking and fighting amongst themselves, and sitting with the tourists as the show is going on. I love dogs, but they really shouldn't be allowed to mingle with the crowds in the darkness. The icing on the cake for me was when the show started, an Arabic speaking man started shouting and trying to pick a fight with the Bedouins. He knocked over a lantern, which caught on fire and was quickly put out. He got kicked out, then came back a few minutes later, yelling, and kicked a microphone stand, which hit a girl in the audience. She seemed ok. Then he was finally removed for good. Many people including myself left early as we felt like if the crowd panicked and violence erupted, we would be trapped in a canyon, in the dark, with only 1 way out, 2 km away from help. The risk of a stampede was very real. The security for the show was terrible, we did not get our bags scanned upon entry, and I did not see any tourist police or security guards to maintain law and order. When you cram hundreds of tourists in the dark, you need security for sure. As far as the show, it's Arabic music and the lighting up of The Treasury in different colors. That's it. For the hassle that we endured, seeing Petra by Night was not worth it to me.
Written August 10, 2023
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,681 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
The Arabs call this temple - Chaznat al-Firʿaun - "Treasury of the Pharaoh." According to one of the legends, the Egyptian pharaoh who pursued Moses created this temple with magic and hid his treasures. According to another version, the temple was built by the Nabatean king Aretas IV Philopatris as his own tomb. Over time, the original purpose of the building was forgotten.
Many of the sculptures on the façade have been lost over time. Two figures of an eagle on the roof of the building, according to legend, carried away the soul of the deceased. On the second floor, dancing Amazons with double-sided axes are depicted. The entrance is guarded by statues of the mythological twins Castor and Pollux, who, according to legend, lived simultaneously on Olympus and in the underworld.
As a result of tourist activity, the temple was badly damaged. Therefore, 20 years ago I went inside the temple, but today it is not possible. A fence was erected in front of the temple facade. So, you can only enjoy the view from the outside. 20 years ago, alone camel was sitting on the square in front of the temple, now there are so many camels that it is very difficult to pass through the square.
Written August 9, 2023
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Athena Constantinou
119 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
As you take the last turn in the Siq, the first glimpse of the columns emerges, and no picture of the Treasury will ever prepare you for the sense of absolute awe you feel when you stand before this majestic monument and see it with your own eyes. Cut into the cliffs, carved into the red sandstone and quietly hidden between the canyons of Petra, this enigmatic monument is the most famous of all the monuments of Petra. In reality, this 39-metre-high structure is just a facade with a relatively small hall that is believed to have once served as a royal burial site, although its original function remains a mystery. If it looks familiar, that's because it appeared in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as the final resting place of the Holy Grail.
Written July 19, 2023
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