Al-Khazneh
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Be prepared for the breathtaking sight of this 2000-year-old monument which resembles a Greek temple with an urn at the top that was once reputed to hold priceless treasures.
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  • Linda Y
    Frisco, Texas5,658 contributions
    The Treasury
    The stunning Siq is just a tease of what’s to come. It leads to one of Petra’s most famous monuments, Al Khazneh, the Treasury. The 1st century temple is cut into the sandstone rock face of a 130-ft cliff. It’s thought to be a tomb and legends say treasures were hidden here. Look for the bullet holes in the façade made by local Bedouin tribes that hoped to dislodge riches from the second-level urn. There were only a handful of people when we arrived at 8:30 am in January. Our guide said during high season there could be hundreds.
    Visited January 2020
    Written April 3, 2020
  • julia a
    Miami, Florida524 contributions
    Breathtaking
    The beauty of the whole historic site can no be described with words. It’s beauty, history, enigmatic nature are beyond imagination. Right now it is the perfect moment to visit due to fewer tourists, with the advantage of being able to take good pictures with the sites almost entirely for yourself. Plan on visiting really early in the morning, we started at 7am. We stayed until 6pm and we had an awesome and memorable day. However, here are some tips to take into consideration when visiting: 1- because of COVID, tourists are scarce and it has been a hard year for people who offer their services there, and for that reason, more than ever, they are trying to take advantage of tourists, which is upsetting. So my advice is DONT BUY ANYTHING there: almost everything (if not all) is made in China, if the cost is 1 Jordanian dinar, they will try to scam you saying that a poor lady with disabilities made it and they will try to squeeze you for 200. Don’t fall for that. You really don’t need anything that they sell there, unless it’s water. 2- they will invite you to their tents (places of business) offer you tea and even food for free but they will then try to sell you some overpriced junk. Just be careful it happened to us, and it dampens the experience of the site, so avoid going through that. 3- if you want to go to the Monastery via donkey, make sure you arrange the price beforehand. Round trip should be 10 dinars. They charged me 20 and demanded a tip. So I payed 45 for me and my daughter and our tour guide later confirmed we had paid too much. It is a very disappointing feeling to believe they are nice people only to realize they have scammed you, it is not a nice feeling. So my recommendation: visit, enjoy, agree beforehand on service prices but research what you should expect to pay ahead and don’t buy anything you don’t need and don’t believe any of their sob stories, they are lies (confirmed by our tour guide). Apart from these bad experiences, Petra is absolutely fascinating and a must see.
    Visited August 2021
    Traveled with family
    Written August 29, 2021
  • Kim G
    Pacific Grove, California3,187 contributions
    The Icon of Petra; Impressive!
    The Treasury "Al-Khazneh" is definitely the icon of Petra. Traveling through the slot canyon gorge known as "The Siq", the visitor will emerge from this 1.2 km approach where the immense and intricately carved facade of The Treasury is ultimately revealed. Far more expansive than imaginable, I gasped in disbelief and awe upon my initial glimpse. Unfortunately, but wisely, the interior "cave" of this rose colored sandstone edifice has been blocked off to access in more recent years. Yes; it is worth the travel and expense to experience this New 7th Wonder of the World.
    Visited December 2019
    Written November 20, 2020
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,912 contributions
Apr 2019
Al-Khazneh was originally built as a mausoleum and crypt at the beginning of the 1st century AD during the reign of Aretas IV Philopatris. Its Arabic name Treasury derives from one legend that bandits hid their loot in a stone urn high on the second level. Another legend is that it functioned as a treasury of the Egyptian Pharaoh at the time of Moses. The treasury was carved and sculpted from the cliff. The sculptures are thought to be those of various mythological figures associated with the afterlife such as the four eagles on top. The eagles would carry away the souls. The figures on the upper level are dancing Amazons with double-axes. The entrance is flanked by statues of the twins Castor and Pollux who lived partly on Olympus and partly in the underworld.

From its origins as a fortress city, Petra became a wealthy commercial crossroads between the Arabian, Assyrian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman cultures. Control of this crucial trade route between the upland areas of Jordan, the Red Sea, Damascus and southern Arabia was the lifeblood of the Nabatean Empire and brought Petra its fortune. The riches the Nabateans accrued allowed them to carve monumental temples, tombs and administrative centers out of their valley stronghold.

The city of Petra was rediscovered in 1812 by Swiss explorer Johann Buckhardt. Tourism started 100 years ago on a small scale. It was the 1989 movie Indiana Jones which caused a massive surge in popularity for Petra. Nowadays, tourism and visiting Petra in particular has become Jordan’s main source of income.

This legendary place is not that easy to get to. It is a long drive from Amman and a long walk from the main town of Petra.
Written March 3, 2020
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Samosababa
San Francisco, CA2,708 contributions
Mar 2020
The Treasury ( which is in Khazneh in Arabic) was thought to be where the Nabateans kets there treasures. It is carved out in sandstone and seems to have survived the elements much better than anything else in this centuries old nabatean village. This is a 2Km ( 45 Mins ) walk from the entrance on uneven pavement. One can also take a horse ride, a buggy ( 2 people), or a electric cart ( 5 people) . There is another 2 km beyond this to see the other parts of the village
Written March 16, 2020
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Dr. Mandar Bichu
36 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
After walking through 1.2 km Siq, the first sighting of the treasury or Al Khazneh leaves you stunned with its grand magnificence. Carved out of pink sandstone, this intricately sculpted 40 metre tall building is fabled to contain a pharaoh's treasure. The beautiful facade is doubtless the best sight in Petra!
Written January 1, 2020
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BenuBery
New Delhi, India132 contributions
Mar 2019
Petra is a tough climb over rough stone staircase,spread out over 4 km walk.It consists of various edifices-treasury or khazaneh is where the dead were buried,along with their treasures,food and clothing.There is an interesting sound and light show in the evenings and one can spend the night or watch the sunset from the top.
The other monuments include the marketplace,where trade happened. The travellers were given shelter,food near the entrance,where small alcoves stand testimony to their foresight in planning water supply And maximising natural light.There was an area dedicated to sheltering camels and horses used as transportation mode.
There are various temples dedicated to various gods,as well as a church,granaries to stock food,wells for storing water supply as well as specific quarters for the ruler and royals.
Donkeys are employed for the steep climb ,leading to the temple ,situated at the top.Fortunately,there is a cafe close to it where tourists can rest and have some Kavah,Arabic food or plain tea brewed over coal.There are various small trinkets,artifact shops all along the way.There are no public conveniences like rest areas or toilets along the climb.
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a glimpse into the past mysteries and the nomad’s mastery ,in harnessing natural resources to fulfill their need for shelter from strong winds,rains and plunderers.
Written February 10, 2020
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Christina C
Coquitlam, Canada6,386 contributions
Nov 2019
The Treasury is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and was voted one of the New 7 Wonders of the World. Even the movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" shows "The Treasury" in part of the story.  "The Treasury" is just one section of many in Petra. Through the narrow gorge of Siq, we saw this extraordinary sandstone rock facade architecture. We were just amazed at how people in ancient time could make such a majestic structure. We were glad that we had the opportunity to explore last November.Happy Travelling!
Written March 9, 2020
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Nadina P
New York City, NY283 contributions
Nov 2019
It seems like many people go to Petra just to take pictures of this monument. It is very iconic. It's also the first thing you see when you enter the ancient city itself. It's absolutely worth the hype, but I wouldn't get too caught up in it. I saw plenty of people who spent way too much time here, then ended up too wiped out or too short on time really dig in to Petra.
Written January 10, 2020
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daesquiv
San Jose, Costa Rica651 contributions
Mar 2020
Clearly this is the most iconic image of Jordan and fame sure is well deserved. It is simply magnificent and breathtaking.
Make sure you come early enough so you have the place relatively empty so you can enjoy because once the tour groups arrive you just want to run away...they open the gate at 6AM so feel free to come as early as possible. We came at 7AM and it was very nice and empty enough.

There is a place to buy drinks, tea, water and interestingly enough water costs 1JD and tea costs 2JD.

There is a path to climb the rocks and get an aerial shot, facing the treasury, head right and head to the wall (not the one facing the treasury but the one on the side). You will see a trail heading up and it is kind of easy climb but it not exactly a trail or path but the view is amazing
Written March 16, 2020
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DQShaw
York, ME1,345 contributions
Feb 2020
A UNESCO World Heritage Site. The is the most iconic image of Petra and of Jordan. It is one thing to see in pictures and movies and quite another to be standing in front of it. One of the seven wonders of the world. We only had one day here and I wish we had at least one more. There are horse drawn carriages available and in front of Al-Khazneh are locals with camels. For a small price you can pose on them for a photo of a lifetime.
Written March 29, 2020
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,014 contributions
Nov 2022
Al-Khazneh, or the Treasury, is the most famous of the sites at Petra, well known from the Indiana Jones movies. It's the first major building you see as you exit the long walk through the Siq, and it doesn't disappoint. You can't enter inside it any longer, but we were able to hike a few minutes up to a viewpoint above that gave us a great view of the treasury without all the crowds. The area in front of it was very crowded and chaotic, with vendors of food and souvenirs, as well as those selling camel rides and others offering to take you to a viewpoint. It was a lot, but understandable due to its fame and position as the first major site. We admired and took pictures for about 15 minutes before we left to explore deeper into Petra, and on our way out took advantage of the view point above, as well as a last look as we headed back up the Siq. This is definitely a site that doesn't disappoint!
Written November 23, 2022
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,809 contributions
Dec 2022
This is the view that you have been waiting for and it is the first open space after the walk down the ravine. It is the picture featured in all the advertising although you are likely to be there, not alone, but with many tourists, camels, bedouin and donkeys. Linger and enjoy, although it is called the treasury, I don't think there is any evidence of this function. You can obviously hire animals to ride back or onwards and also electric buggies at considerable cost.
Written December 20, 2022
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