The Royal Tombs

The Royal Tombs, Petra - Wadi Musa

The Royal Tombs
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Historic Sites • Ancient Ruins • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas • Scenic Walking Areas
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Kim G
Pacific Grove, CA3,134 contributions
Grouping of Stunning & Intricately Carved Facades
Dec 2019
We opted to hike back to The Monastery which left no time to closely inspect The Royal Tombs on our way out of Petra. The Royal Tombs are visible from Petra's valley-floor pathway, and do make for a lovely photo-op, even from a distance. The close grouping of The Royal Tombs & their intricately carved facades are a beautiful site to behold. Inspect more closely if time-constraints prevent you from exploring the Petra Valley any further.
Written November 22, 2020
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iWiebe
Utrecht, The Netherlands1,095 contributions
Tomb for Two
Dec 2019
Some way up from the main road and certainly worth visiting, stunning colours on the walls and ceilings and must see.
Written November 17, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX4,194 contributions
Final resting place of Nabatean royalty?
Jan 2020
A collection of magnificent monuments known as the Royal Tombs is carved into the west-facing cliffs of Jebel Al Khubtha. They are thought to be the final resting place of Nabatean royalty, but like the rest of Petra, there is speculation as to the original intent of the structures. You can enter, but word of warning, some of them stink to high heaven from animal droppings. Don’t miss the ceiling of the Urn Tomb – spectacular! And be careful when you explore. The ground is uneven and rocky and there aren’t any safety railings. The best overall view is from across the valley. The colors of the rock are enhanced by the afternoon sun.
Written April 3, 2020
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Mohamed S
Alexandria, Egypt1,258 contributions
Fascinating
Apr 2019
As always an exhausting way up but it is still highly recommended. Great place with wonderful natural colors especially the ceilings
Written March 31, 2020
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Doyleygirl
Harpenden, UK302 contributions
Amazing Petra
Mar 2020
Visited Petra for the day. What an amazing place. This is a must see destination during your lifetime. Go Early. It is quite amazing once you have walked your way around the dusty, bendy and bumpy tracks to get to the heart of this ancient wonder. And boy be warned it is a LONG way and it is very hard work for us oldies. But once you reach The Treasury you just get that "WOW" factor and soak in all the amazement, and then it just carries on, and on.... the dust, the camels, the horses, the donkeys, the vendors, the hustle and bustle - Truly amazing. A MUST.
Written March 20, 2020
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daesquiv
Gdansk, Poland635 contributions
Impressive tombs
Mar 2020
This is a really great part to end the day...on the way back from the restaurants you can hike back and walk in the royal tombs, which like the monastery..faces west so looks great at sunset.
You won't miss them...
Written March 17, 2020
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Brian M
Montrose, UK1,553 contributions
Wonderful!
Mar 2020
After the Treasury building, this is the next most impressive site. There are four different royal tombs to see.
Written March 5, 2020
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GreenThumb331
San Fernando, Philippines2,910 contributions
Trip to JORDAN: Day 4 Part 3
Apr 2019
We had not known of the Royal Tombs before coming to Petra. The tombs were not included in our itinerary. When our guide suggested that we do the tombs tour instead of the Petra old Roman city tour, we agreed. We had visited Jerash previously. The visit to the tombs was something completely unique.

From the treasury, one would need to climb a rocky part of Petra. A tourist would need to be very fit. The tombs were on the right side of Petra, carved into the rock. The first is the Urn Tomb, with its open terrace built over a double layer of vaults. The room inside measures 20 by 18 meters. The Urn Tomb commands an impressive view and was once used as a church in Byzantine times.

Next along is the Corinthian Tomb, allegedly a replica of Nero’s Golden Palace in Rome. Finally, the Palace Tomb is a three-story imitation of a Roman palace and one of the largest monuments in Petra.

The thing that will I will remember about the tombs are the spectacular multi-colored patterns in the rock. These can be found on the smaller tombs. A guide is essential to truly appreciate the Royal tombs tour.
Written March 3, 2020
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LoveToTravel3102
Phoenix, AZ258 contributions
My favorite part of Jordan
Jan 2020
Petra is just as amazing as you think - it was perfect weather to visit in January. It was more walking than I expected - 9 miles down to the Treasury, up the path to Palace Tomb etc, down by the Byzantine Church to a lunch site, then back to the top. You will be harassed constantly to buy things or ride a donkey - but a firm NO and then not engaging in any conversation works (although we stopped at one vendor on the path to Palace Tomb, had tea, learned about his life, and then of course bought something - it's a wonderful memory from the trip, provided a break from walking, and allowed us to engage with someone who lives in the area).

Warning: if you choose to ride a donkey back up be careful - like all pack animals they are in a hurry to get "home" and ran a couple people in our group into gates resulting in bruises and ripped pants.

I enjoyed both the old and new Visitor Centers at top - they are a good way to educate yourself more about the site.
Written February 15, 2020
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Jeremy C
Hinckley, UK846 contributions
Four Tombs
Oct 2019
Urn, Silk, Corinthian & Palace make up the Royal Tombs. Impressive from a distance, even better close up. Climb up early in the morning and you could have them more or less to yourself and then you have rare views across the Colonnaded Street and to Conway Tower.
Written February 10, 2020
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