The Treasury of Petra From Above

Illustration

Carole Raddato
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published on 05 March 2018

The so-called Treasury (Khazneh) in Petra, Jordan. The Treasury’s rock-cut, two storied façade is 24.9 m wide and almost 40 m high and strongly embodies the Hellenistic style and reflects the influence of Alexandria. Both stories are embellished in the Corinthian order and are elaborately decorated with friezes, sculptured figures, vegetation and motifs related to the afterlife and death. The so-called Treasury was a tomb, surely the last resting place of a king. The tomb was probably constructed in the 1st century BCE for King Aretas IV (reigned 9 BCE – 40 CE).



About the Author

Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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