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Arriving at Petra
The Walk Into Petra
The Siq
The Small Siq
Street of Facades
Water Works
The Theater
The Royal Tombs
High Place
Colonnade Street
Great Temple
Temple of Al Uzza
Temple of Dushares
The Museum 
The Dier 
Al Habis
Um Al-Biera
Jebal Haroun
City of Board Games
Snake Monument
Sabara Suburb
City Walls/Map
Al Beidha
Al Beidha Village
Kubtha High Place
Wadi Nmeir 
Small Delights
The Bedul
Petra Today 
Petra Park
Is Petra the
Holy City of Islam?
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 PETRA: The Deir

The Deir

The Monestary is one of the largest monuments in Petra. (It is also one of the farthest from the main gate.) The Deir recieved this name from the cave that is known as the Hermit's Cell. No one knows where this name came from, and it may have only come into use after the Middle Ages.








People in the door of the Deir The Deir monument is 40.2 meters wide and is carved deep into the side of the mountain. The door itself is 8 meters high. The main inside chamber is huge. It is 11.5 meters by 10 meters, and is lit only by light coming through the 8 meter high doorway.
Deir from the side  
Deir from a distance On the far side there is a wide niche with steps leading up to it on either side, and an arch over it. Apparently there was plaster on the walls here. The stairs seem to indicate that there was once an altar here, similar to Al Uzza and Dushares Temples. Later, Christian crosses were carved into the walls.

Infront of the monument, a huge area was leveled, and seems to have been used for great congregations of people. The surrounding hills form a great natural amphitheater. 
Deir from behind the mountains

Not far from the Deir, along the left wall full of caves and cisterns is a carving showing two camels and men. Across from the Deir is a pilastered niche in a cave, with a man standing beside an altar.

During clearing work around the Petra Deir monuments in 1990-91, an inscription was discovered nearby. It referred to "the symposium of Obodas the God." From this inscription, some archeologists believe that the Deir was created as a meeting place for members of the cult of Obodas. Others feel that the Deir may have been a tomb and monument, used by the family and descendants of Obodas.

Looking up the facade


In the past, people were allowed to climb the mountan behind the Deir and sit on the large rim under the urn. Climbing the Deir mountian is now forbidden. We do have pictues, however, of previous visits to the top of the Deir. Click here for pictures.


View from the Deir  Around the Deir Plateau there are many excellent views of deep gorges and even Wadi Araba'.

View from the deir
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