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Petra’s High Place of Sacrifice

Petra’s High Place of Sacrifice is located on a summit above the city that can be reached from the theatre. The 700 (!) steps climb passes by two obelisks carved in the rock, each 6 m high.  They are possibly representing the two chief Nabatean deities – Dushara and Al Uzzah. Perhaps the obelisks are the reason the summit is called in Arabic “Zib Attuf” (English: “The place of the merciful phallus“). On a hilltop next to it massive walls of a Crusaders era fort can also be seen. It’s stones are possible recycled from a former Nabatean or Roman building that stood at the same spot.

The High place of Sacrifice is behind the fort and consist of a shallow rectangular pool carved in the rock, perhaps to collect rain water, and next to it an altar as well as a niche to drain blood of the sacrifice.  A Nabtean insciption from Madai’n selach suggest daunting possiblity that perhaps even humens were offered at this site:

abd-Wadd, priest of Eadd, and his son Salim, and Zayd-Wadd, have consecrated the young man Salim to be immolated to Dhu Gabat” 




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Book a Private Tour to Petra

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 the High place of Sacrifice is an extra 2-3 hours. 

Entry into Jordan also requires setting a visa.

I recommend to contact me for a proposal of a full day tour of Petra  , with an optional visit also to Wadi Rum  .