A Glimpse of Petra. By Ian Layzell
We explored Petra for two days and I just cannot explain in words how Beautiful and how just Amazing this "Rose Red City" truly is.
Here is a tiny glimpse of the Deir inside Petra. After experiencing the Siq and the amazing sight of El Khazneh, the Treasury we were then treated to Petra's second most famed attraction.
With our Jordanian Guide we climbed a flight of 800 stairs which had been cut deep into the rocks of the many mountains in Petra. The climb is quite a task, especially in a hot November's sun, but you are greeted to something Magical once you reach the top.
The Monastery ( Arabic Name, the Deir) along with the Treasury is one of the most impressive of it's kind in Petra. With a facade measuring 50 metres wide and 40 metres long the Deir is just simply awesome. The overall design resembles that of the Khazneh, the Treasury but the architectural embellishment is simplified. Even so simplified is not a word that you can really use for such an amazing sight.
An inscription found a short distance from the monument led experts to believe that the Deir was a Mausoleum, a heroon, dedicated to the god Obodas. However , it is now known that it's actually dedicated to the King Obadas I.