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Ad Deir

monsatery petra ad deirBeing 50 m wide and 45 m high, “Ad-Deir” (In Arabic – “The monastery” is the biggest rock-carved building in Petra Its Arabic names is probably derived from its remote and difficult-to-reach location (800 steps climb!).

petra the monastery

Locals offer a donkey ride service to get to the top more easily, and others will be happy if you join them for some desert tea 🙂 .

In my opinion it was a Nabatean shrine located before the descent to cross the Arava and the Negev, made to thank the gods before completing the last part of the journey along the “Incense route”.


“Danny the Digger” rating:      + 

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Points of Interest in the Area

  Little Petra
  Wadi Rum