Royal Tombs

Petra

     

 

Although badly eroded, the Royal Tombs, which housed the remains of Nabatean nobles are still very impressive.

 

The Urn Tomb, the largest was constructed about 70 CE and is believed to be the tomb of Malchus II. It's large courtyard was originally supported on arches, some of which remain.

 

It's large interior was converted into a Byzantine church during the 5th century. High up on its pediment is the carved urn from which it's name has been derived.

 

Next to it is the Silk Tomb, so named because of it's wonderful falling colours, which make it the most colourful building in Petra.

 

The Corinthian Tomb, was mistakenly named because it's pillars were thought to be of Corinthian design. However the tomb is in fact almost a replica of the more famous treasury, although thousands of years of erosion and rock falls have badly damaged the lower part.

 

The Palace Tomb stands on a large carved platform. The tomb proportionally is a lot wider than the others, and it is built on three levels with richly carved and decorated pillars.

 

Although the other tombs have been given names, mostly appropriate to their appearance, the only tomb who's true purpose is known is the Tomb of Sextus Florentius. This was built for him when he was Roman governor of Arabia in 127 CE, and includes a carved inscription giving the details.

 

Because of his love of Petra, he chose to be interred there, and the Nabatean style tomb was built for him by his son.

 

 

 

Corinthian Tomb

 

Palace Tomb (Note the Size of the People)

 

  

Silk Tomb and Sextus Florentius's Tomb

 

 

 

 

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