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Jordan-18C-037 - Al Dier

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The Monastery (Al Dier), Petra, Jordan


The largest of Petra's monuments the Dier requires you to ride a donkey or walk up 800 steps to get here. The tomb is a 41 by 50 meter structure. This temple or tomb was clearly an important pilgrimage site, with worshippers and priests using a processional route to congregate in the open area in front of the monument. From the 4th century onwards it was used as a monastery during Christian Byzantine era when crosses were painted on its rear walls.

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Taken on October 13, 2004