Royal Tombs Petra  Jordan

Royal Tombs


Four tombs , known as the Royal Tombs have been carved into the rock face, which is known as the King's Wall. It is unclear which Nabatean  kings were  buried there.

1. Palace Tomb: The building is imposing than the others and is  imitating the great Hellenistic palaces. The 4 doorways represent a 4 simple burial chambers. The Palace Tomb is very wide, and has three distinct stories in it's facade. In front of the tomb is a large stage and in front of this a large courtyard. It is almost as if the Palace Tomb was designed as a backdrop for State funerals. Thought to be Rabbel II tomb the last Nabatean King.

2. Corinthian Tomb: was named by DeLaborde (1928), who mistakenly thought that its capitals were of the Corinthian. The Corinthian Tomb's upper order, with its central tholos interrupting a broken pediment, is comparable both to the Khazneh and the Deir. In the lower order, a rather puzzling mixture of entrances and blank walls is distributed amongst eight engaged columns. Between the lower and upper orders there is a third, truncated, order with short columns and a broken pediment.

4. Urn Tomb : Is named after the stone urn  that is carved on top of its pediment.  It is well preserved monument that faces out over an open terrace fronted by a double row of vaults. It has a courtyard in front, supported by two impressive levels of very tall arcades, whose barrel vaults appear in the bottom half of the photo. Abbe' Starcky has suggested that this is the tomb of Nabataean King Malichus II who died in 70 AD.