Being 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!). 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”.
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Petra is in the southern part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It is about 2 hours drive from the Israeli border crossing near Eilat, and takes 3-4 hours to explore. A Hike to Ad-Deir is an extra 2-3 hours.
Entry into Jordan also requires setting a visa.
Points of Interest in the Area
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