Byzantine Church
Byzantine Church
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Amazingly, the ruins of this 6th or 8th century church were not discovered until the 1990s.
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niksk001
Philadelphia, PA797 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Nice old Byzantine Church with beautiful mosaics, which would be a lot more impressive in nearly any place but Petra. IMHO, Petra belongs to the Nabatean culture, even thought it has artefacts created by others (Romans et al). Petra is the one and only, but similar churches could be seen/visited in several other places in the world. We just walked by, I would have not not made a special effort to visit the church.
Written January 21, 2020
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,378 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
The significance of this Byzantine church can be gathered from the intricate mosaics on the floor, incorporating Christian motifs. The mosaics are well preserved. It is likely that other building materials gathered from the Petra area were used in construction of the Church. The Church was built in the 5th Century AD, and that it was damaged by fire or an earthquake in the 6th century AD.
Written August 10, 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia14,378 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Friends
This Byzantine Church, which is largely intact, has stunning mosaics that are well preserved, on both sides of the aisle. Many of the building materials have been recycled from earlier monuments from Petra. The church was a significant place of worship in Petra. Around the end of the 5th century, the church was badly damaged by an earthquake, possibly followed by a fire. However, the church is remarkably well preserved with the mosaics and other features well worth inspection.
Written November 16, 2023
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The mosaics are a beauty and they cannot be missed in a visit of Petra. The structure under which they are protected is quite ugly and probably could have been better thought to be more in line with the environment. The conservation of the mosaics is great.
Written October 26, 2022
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JimParkway
Toronto, Canada2,107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This is slightly off the main road and often missed. The church is worth the hike. the courtyard, the inside with the excellent condition mosaic floor. Once outside, it gives a good view of the Great Temple across the street.
Written July 6, 2020
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Friends
The mosaics on the floor of the Byzantine Church in Petra are a must see. They are so vibrant still after all this time and are remarkably well preserved.
The chuch is located under an awning- style roof up the hill from the colonnaded street. Access is by a few small drainage bridges that span the Wadi followed by a short winding path uphill.
Its hard to get a good look at the mosaics as the church has a pretty heavy footfall. Fantastic views from up there though of the Great Temole, the Outer Siq, the Wadi and the Royal Tombs.
Written November 2, 2019
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,166 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The ruins of a former church. Unfortunately, with the exception of some beautiful mosaics on the floor, there is not much left to see, only a few remains of columns and walls.
Written April 25, 2023
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Diane F
171 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
The old Byzantine church has remains of some of the pillars and colonades as well as some of the capitols that had been on them. There are some mosaic floors original to Petra there for excellent viewing. A nice view from there across the way gives you a beautiful view down the colonaded street and the city gates.
Written November 28, 2019
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srfnyc
New York City, NY14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
We almost missed this because it wasn't pointed out by our tour guide and is covered by a white canopy that seemed out of place (like it was covering an office or work space of some kind, not a typical sight). I'm so glad a local man we spoke to suggested we go see it. Really lovely mosaic tiles on the floor on both sides of this church depict animals and the seasons. Helpful signs tell the history and explain what the images represent. Don't miss it!! It's across from the Great Temple up a small hill. Definitely go!
Written June 30, 2019
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MarketBlade
132 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
If you can spend two or three FULL days in Petra, it will worth your time visiting it. If you are on a rush to see as much as you can fast, stay on the red main route. It is good but not a must, but that depends on your personal taste.
Written May 7, 2019
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