Little Petra


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Overview

is an archaeological site located north of Petra and the town of Wadi Musa in the Ma’an Governorate of Jordan  Like Petra, it is a Nabataean site, with buildings carved into the walls of the sandstone canyons.

As its name suggests, it is much smaller, consisting of three wider open areas connected by a 450-meter canyon. Jordan Tour

It is part of the Petra Archeological Park, though accessed separately, and included in Petra’s inscription as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Jordan Tour

 It is often visited by tourists in conjunction with Petra itself since it is free and usually less crowded. Like Petra, it was probably built during the height of Nabataean influence during the 1st century C.E. Jordan Tour

While the purpose of some of the buildings is not clear, archaeologists believe that the whole complex was a suburb of Petra.

History

Little Petra is in an arid, mountainous desert region 1,040 meters above sea level.

To the east, the Arabian Desert opens up. On the west, the rugged terrain soon descends into the Jordan Rift Valley,

with lands around the Dead Sea as low as 400 meters (1,300 ft) below sea level.

the history of Littel petra returns to the 1st century C.E. when

the Nabataean culture was at its peak in the region.

It was probably a suburb of the larger city to the south, perhaps where its more successful merchants lived and entertained

their visiting counterparts.

they choose this location because of the nearby older settlement of Beidha

inhabited since the earlier Neolithic era.

The narrow file, only some 350 m long, is cramme with tombs, temples, triclinic, houses, water channels, and cisterns,

in brief, a “Little Petra”.

Of particular note are the remains of painted frescoes on plaster dating from the 1st century AD,

which are found in one of the biclinia.