Petra - The Royal Tombs
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The first of the so called Royal Tombs on the right is the Urn Tomb. This tomb is built high on the mountain side, and requires climbing up a number of flights of stairs. The historian A. Starcky has suggested that this is the tomb of Nabataean King Malchus II, who died in 70 AD. The historian Dr. Schmidt-Colinet, on the other hand, has proposed that this is the tomb of Aretas IV.
Beside the Urn Tomb is a small tomb known as the Silk Tomb. This name comes from the rich color of the sandstone. It is one of the most dramatically colored tombs in Petra.
The Corinthian Tomb comes next. It is very worn, but if one stops to examine it, it is very ornate and similar to the Treasury.
The Palace Tomb is very wide, and has three distinct stories in it's facade. Supposedly, it is similar to the Roman palace design of the Golden House of Nero. In front of the tomb is a large stage and in front of this a large courtyard. It is almost as if the Palace Tomb was designed as a backdrop for State funerals.