Monastery (Al Dayr)

Monastery (Al Dayr), Petra - Wadi Musa

Monastery (Al Dayr)
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Karolina H
Stockholm, Sweden29 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
On our second day in Petra (having done the Siq and Treasury on day 1), we hiked to the Monastery from the back entrance and then walked through the entire city from the back to front, which I would highly recommend.
The hike was an amazing experience in itself, with amazing views over Wadi Araba. We got dropped by a local driver near Little Petra and from there the hike to the Monastery took around 1.5 hours. We did it with two children aged 5 and 7 years. It was a long hike for them, but it was fine. The path was easy to follow and felt safe although I wouldn’t recommend it for really small kids or kids who run off on their own. In some places there was a steep drop and we held the kids’ hands very very tightly.
While you could do it on your own, having a local guide is really nice and helpful as they can show you all the best spots to stop, the nicest views, explain about the rocks and the local area.
The whole trip, from the starting point near Little Petra to the exit via the Siq and the main entrance took us around 6 hours, but could easily have been longer if we had not been in a rush in the afternoon. Next time I would bring a picnic blanket and packed lunch and take a break in the shade in the middle of the day, in order to have more energy to continue exploring inside the city in the afternoon and perhaps even stay for the sunset.
You need to have bought your ticket from the main entrance in order to be able to enter through the back entrance. We were able to buy our ticket the day before, just make sure you ask for it to have the date on which you will use it.
Written March 5, 2021
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Gdansk, Poland639 contributions
Mar 2020
Some say this is even better than the Treasury…certainly is bigger.
The hike to get here is not an easy one…about 800 steps but it really is worth the trek. Try to avoid paying for a donkey to get there since they are frequently abused, although I understand things are changing now.

This tomb is facing west and it is a perfect place to view the sunset which is why this complex gets the name of the “pink city”, just make sure to start your return before the full sunset to have enough time to exit the park.

If you are facing the Monastery, to your left you will see water tanks by walking to the mountain, feel free to walk all the way to the mountain walls and see the tanks…one of them is currently filled. This was an instrumental part of the ancient water management in the city.

There are a couple of viewpoint walking away from the monastery where you will be able to see the Wadi Arabia, Israel and Palestine.
Written March 17, 2020
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julia a
Miami, FL524 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
I can’t begin to describe how amazing this site is. It is the main reason to come to Jordan and should be on everybody’s bucket list. We visited the first days of August 2021, and because of fears of Covid, there were not many tourists, which was to our advantage. When we got to the Monastery, we were the only people there, we had the site to ourselves, it was an overwhelming experience. We climbed there via donkeys, I highly recommend doing it this way, it is a unique adventure. The whole site is absolutely breathtaking, every bit of it. Highly recommend!!
Written August 29, 2021
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Berlin, Germany54 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
Ad Deir is of course truly spectacular. It took us roughly 45 minutes from the bottom / 2 hours from the Petra visitors center. ( the donkey handlers will tell you it’s 2 hours from the bottom, though ) We hiked all the way up which is doable if you are moderately fit. The vista and the monastry are stunning - I only gave 3 /5 because the constant sales pitches on the way up … and down ( I have been waiting for you….) really destroyed it a bit , well destroyed the athmosphere a lot , actually ) Why don’t the authorities create a few dedicated places where people can offer their goods and leave the rest alone. I would be willing to pay much more in admission fees ( and support the local community/ school or whatever …) just for the chance to experience Petra without being constantly harassed .
Written September 27, 2021
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JP Explorer
Vienna, Austria461 contributions
Jan 2020
The hike is ok, not that bad, yes a lot of stairs but easy so there are worse hikes around Petra. If you can't do it spend the money on the donkey (although I saw several people demount as they got scared). Toilets are at the base and at the top. Food and drinks as well but there is also a smaller one along the way. So take your time and enjoy. Once you reach you can enjoy the monastery - I would recommend to sit down have a tea or coffee and enjoy the view and take in the sight.
Written January 17, 2020
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Athens, Greece91 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
After Treasury the Monastery is one of the most impressive monumental buildings in Petra. It is carved in a limestone rock and after a very long walk (it's abput an hour and a half walk from Treasury) you'll be standing in awe in front of a really breathtaking building.
There is a cafe right in front of the monument where you can enjoy your tea.
Written February 16, 2020
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Utrecht, The Netherlands3,454 contributions
Oct 2019
This place is quite a climb (45 - 60 min) but the reward is fantastic. Most people think they've seen something impressive when they saw the (super famous) Treasury when entering Petra. This place is much-much-much bigger and more impressive. Plus you've got amazing views when you walk a few minutes uphill behind the restaurant.
Highlight of my holiday!!
Written July 2, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,685 contributions
Jan 2020
Our group of five was set on climbing to the Monastery long before we arrived in Jordan. The Monastery is larger than the Treasury and considered one of Petra’s iconic monuments. The name Monastery is a misnomer; it’s thought to be a temple or even a tomb. We had a guide accompany us on the hike although it can easily be done on your own. The trail starts from the Basin Restaurant and there is only one direction – up. It’s not just about the destination. The journey is beautiful, with flights of eroded steps (over 800 of them), colorful rocks and gorgeous views. We took quite a few photos along the way, so the climb up took about an hour. At the top, there is a tea shop and seating to rest your weary legs. If you have any energy left, a trail continues up to a stunning 360 panoramic view. The Monastery is worth every step!
Written April 4, 2020
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San Fernando, Philippines2,910 contributions
Apr 2019
One can easily get confused between the treasury and the monastery. Both iconic monuments are curved out of solid rock. The Treasury was featured in the 1989 Indiana Jones epic and the Monastery was featured in the 2009 Transformers movie. However, it will take more effort to see the Monastery. The 800 plus step climb over several hill starts at the far end of the Roman ruins. Steps are uneven with varying degrees of ascent. This is about a 45- minute trek. You can take a donkey for a price. Many souvenir stores will take your mind off the strenuous climb if one needs to take a break.

The Deir received this name from the cave that is known as the Hermit's Cell. The structure was first constructed in 3 BC as a monumental Nabataean tomb. An inscription that was found on one of the walls while the monument was being cleaned in 1991, read "the symposium of Obodas, the god". This inscription indicates that the building may originally have been dedicated to the Nabataean king, Obodas I.

The rock-cut facade of the Monastery is 45 meters high and 50 meters wide. The door itself is 8 meters high. The main inside chamber is huge. It is 11.5 meters by 10 meters, Infront of the monument, a huge area was leveled, and seems to have been used for great congregations of people. Nowadays, it is the place where tourists take their photos to show proof that they have succeeded in reaching this monument. If you have the time and the fitness to see the Monastery, go visit it. This will complete your Petra experience.
Written March 3, 2020
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Dr. Mandar Bichu
36 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
To reach the Monastery, we need to climb through a winding stone-staired path. The climb is a tough one with almost 950 stairs to the summit and keeps testing patience and endurance. Compared to the efforts, the payback is slightly underwhelming. The monastery facade is larger than treasury but without the intricate detailingof the latter. The restaurant in front gives you a perfect place to rest after the soul-sapping climb and admire the famed structure at leisure! Not for the faint-hearted or the weak kneed!
Written January 1, 2020
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