Monastery (Al Dayr)
Monastery (Al Dayr)
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6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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  • falcon i
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Even though a café is directly across the street, bring water.
    To go to the monastery on the opposite side of Petra, you'll need to climb quite a bit. Most tourists frequently overlook this. I paid a mule to carry me up to the monastery, and I made my way back on foot thereafter.
    Visited July 2023
    Written September 19, 2023
  • Lily Hu
    Washington DC, District of Columbia1,636 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike
    Hike was challenging but not impossible by any means. Go early to avoid crowds and heat. It's worth getting up early! There are multiple spots for the best view of the Monastery once you arrive so be sure to walk around.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 21, 2023
  • DeeDee
    Holiday, Florida26 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful experience if you do not have time for longer in Petra
    Wonderful trip with a fantastic guide. Kareem took good care of us, and even hosted a watermelon and cardamom coffee tea party for us. If you do not have time for a longer tour, the one day trip is worth it!
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 1, 2023
  • Hobart
    London, United Kingdom41 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the hike over !
    We took the back trail and it was gruelling in the heat but so worth it . You would want to be fit and hydrated ! We enjoyed monastery so much more than treasury area of Petra it was not as over run with aggressive hawkers pushing mule rides and selling wares . Defo recommend taking the walk to monastery from Petra or taking a bus to start of monastery trail from little Petra which again was way better than main Petra , either way do it as it’s worth seeing .
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 22, 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California9,561 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the Hike
    Hiking to the Monastery is a great experience. It's not easy, but it's so worth it. The impressive facade of The Monastery resembles the Treasury, but it's not nearly as ornate. The hike is a total of about 4 miles from the Treasury and about 900 steps going uphill from the cafe. Make sure to have enough water and take your time.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 23, 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,641 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Is it worth the time and efforts to reach this attraction?
    Instead of walking from the Treasury to this attraction, I learned from my hotel to try Option B, starting at the Little Petra, passing this attraction plus other sites, then reaching the Treasury again. The shuttle service from the Visitors Center to Little Petra is free. It took about 15-20 minutes to reach it. Then we transferred to a 4x4 truck to reach the area where the hiking to the Monastery begins. Very bumpy ride in the 4x4 truck! Fee for the truck is 5 dinars per person. The hike to the Monastery was long and tricky. There are many steps to climb as we hiked along the canyons sides. Noted some stocks of stones that are used as guides for the route to the Monastery. I took my time doing this hike. Most of the time I had the paths to myself, the others would join me, then they passed me by. Periodically I stopped to rest and take some beautiful pictures along the way. Benefits of this route: Lesss crowd, no pesky peddlers offering you camel rides, route to the Treasury from this attraction is DOWNHILL instead of uphill.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2023
  • Annie S
    Portsmouth, United Kingdom348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the climb
    Its a long walk up to the Monastery but its worth the view. It's a tough climb if you are not mobile. I do not recommend you take the donkeys, I found it quite upset watching then being forced to climb the steps and I can't imagine how scary it would be riding one up let alone down. I recommend you go up to the view point for a drink to reward yourselves
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 4, 2023
  • Codiak!
    Abbotsford, Canada11,499 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the hike
    When you visit Petra you will see the famous treasury featured inn travel ads. Once you are here, however, you will discover how very very large the grounds are. If you choose to see the Monastery be prepared for an difficult and long hike uphill to get there.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written December 27, 2023
  • 701lisa
    Townsville, Australia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    EXTRAORDINARY EXPERIENCE
    Absolutely loved the experience climbing the ancient rock steps. Had to give way to a herd of goats on the way up. We went in the afternoon which was a blessing to be in the shade most of the way up. It did take 40 minutes of hard yakka, but was so so worth the vision of Al- Deir.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 7, 2024
  • Neil B
    Auckland, New Zealand1,439 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning ancient architecture
    The Monastery is absolutely spectacular. The scale of the site is incredible. We hiked in on the back trail to the Monastery (starting with a shuttle from Little Petra) and then continued through the main complex, taking in the Royal Tombs and the Treasury before winding our way back out As Siq and on to Petra town. The whole walk took about four hours. There are lots of uneven steps and decent footwear is a must.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 29, 2024
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georgeworld85
Athens, Greece93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,873 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,693 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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mb2018
Berlin, Germany60 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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taqqie
Utrecht, The Netherlands3,420 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Barbs25
Staffordshire, UK3,572 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
It takes around 40 minutes to get to the monastery from near the restaurant. It’s all uphill and while steep, is an easy path as it’s steps all the way up. Difficult in the heat but plenty of places to rest/ get a drink if you needed to. You can get a donkey up but they don’t seem to be well treated and it’s not a comfy ride so walk if you are able to.
The views at the top are fantastic and if you go a little higher they’re even better. You’re also rewarded at the top with cheaper sandwiches! You can get a hummus or cheese wrap for 3JD instead of 7/8 at the bottom!
We met a great local at the top viewpoint (walk behind the restaurant) he was so welcoming and friendly we loved chatting to him.
Written October 23, 2022
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julia a
Miami, FL569 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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Dr. Mandar Bichu
46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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DaisyChain12
Hitchin, UK2,008 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Solo
You do need a good level of physical fitness for the trek up the steps here! And listen out for the donkeys as you need to get out of their way. But the effort was well worth it. It isn’t as busy as the Treasury probably because of the uphill sweaty knee trembling hike involved!!
There are some good little ‘shops’ you walk through and get a bit of shade. They are quite insistent on the way down but do haggle and see what negotiation on price you can get.
If you come to Petra it is definitely worth making the effort if you are able to get here!
A few facts- The Monastery is 59m wide and 45m high so bigger than the Treasury. It was built in the 3rd century BCE as a Nabatean tomb. My guidebook says there are more than 800 steps- I didn’t count as was concentrating on breathing!!
Enjoy.
Written August 7, 2022
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Palen and Chelsea
Philadelphia, PA13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
make the trek without the use of animal assistance. better prices up this trail for all souvenirs. stops along the way for snacks and cold drinks. the views from the top are incredible. you will be sore the following morning. recommend starting the journey early in the morning to avoid the mid day heat
Written October 10, 2022
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