Jordan - Petra - The Treasury

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Petra is a historical and archaeological city and is a symbol of Jordan; has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and is one of Seven Wonders of the World.

The Treasury was probably constructed in the 1st century BC. As its design has no precedent in Petra, it is thought that it was carved by Near-Eastern Hellenistic architects.

The purpose of the Treasury remains something of a mystery. One thing that is fairly certain, however, is that it was not a treasury. In reality, the Treasury is generally believed to be a temple or a royal tomb, but neither conclusion is certain.

The tomb/temple got its popular name from the Bedouin belief that pirates hid ancient pharaonic treasures in the tholos (giant stone urn) which stands in the center of the second level. In an attempt to release the treasure, Bedouins periodically fired guns at it — the bullet holes which are still clearly visible on the urn.

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Comments (14)

BOGDAN de Varsovie on February 5, 2012

Excellent picture. LIKE. Best Greetings. Bogdan

giova49 on February 7, 2012

Molto interessante. Super!! Un saluto. Giovanna

Bassam Jayousi on February 8, 2012

This is a beautiful photo. Like

Greetings from Jordan/UAE, Bassam

Paolo Grassi on February 8, 2012

Many thanks, Bassam Al Jayousi, for visiting my gallery. Best regards. P. Grassi

Stathis Chionidis on March 25, 2012

Spectacular view,nice light and shot.Bravissimo.LIKE.Stathis

Paolo Grassi on March 25, 2012

Many thanks, Stathis Chionidis, for visiting my gallery and for your positive comments. Greetings from Italy. Paolo Grassi

alaa eld dine ebrahe… on April 7, 2012

I'm very pleased to join the group Thanks for adding pictures Greetings from Cairo Alaa

Paolo Grassi on April 7, 2012

Thanks, Alaa, for your visit and your invitation. Best regards. Paolo

Nadia Kushnir on May 29, 2012


Alireza Javaheri on July 2, 2012
  • Very interesting and nice place. LIKE. Best wishes, A-J
funtor on August 1, 2014

Great picture of this world famous place, of course my like! Cheers from Germany, Thomas

Paolo Grassi on August 5, 2014

Glad for your comment, Thomas. Greetings. Paolo

Paolo P L on November 7, 2014

like saluti, Paolo

Paolo Grassi on November 10, 2014

Grazie. Saluti. Paolo

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  • Uploaded on February 2, 2012
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    by Paolo Grassi
    • Taken on 2012/01/03 08:51:21
    • Exposure: 0.008s (1/125)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash