The Great Temple
The Great Temple
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  • Athena Constantinou
    119 contributions
    A symbol of power and wealth.
    The Colonnaded Street leads you past the Pool and Garden Complex - a vast area of gardens and a large pool of water - to the remains of the Great Temple, which in its time was a magnificent monument of the ancient city and a symbol of the wealth and power of its rulers. The top of the columns was decorated with elephant heads instead of the usual corner volutes, another symbol of splendour and strength. Its central location shows that it was an important monument in its time, but it remains unclear whether it was a religious or administrative site or a building for public events. It was divided into two levels. The first level, the Lower Temenos, may have been a marketplace or forum. The second level, the Upper Temenos, may have contained a theatre or an assembly hall. The Great Temple covers a total area of 7,560 m2.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,823 contributions
    Great Temple is quite fascinating
    The Great Temple Compex is one of the principal sites of ancient Petra. The Great Temple was constructed around the first century BC, making it over 2000 years old. It is one of the most important archaeological and architectural sites in Petra. In its heyday, it served as a center for religious and governmental functions. The style combines Nabatean and classical Greek influences. It's quite fascinating.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Jeffry b
    Essendon, Australia13,823 contributions
    Temple was an impressive sight
    The Great Temple is a collection of buildings, constructed by the Nabateans towards the end of the first century BC. The Temple has a number of sacred enclosures. The construction of the Temple indicates that the Nabateans combined their native stone working skills with classical influences. The Temple is 18 meters tall (60 feet). It must have been an impressive sight at the height of the Nabatean Empire.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 November 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,823 contributions
Sep 2023 • Friends
The Great Temple is a collection of buildings, constructed by the Nabateans towards the end of the first century BC. The Temple has a number of sacred enclosures. The construction of the Temple indicates that the Nabateans combined their native stone working skills with classical influences. The Temple is 18 meters tall (60 feet). It must have been an impressive sight at the height of the Nabatean Empire.
Written 16 November 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
Walking from the Monastery to the Treasury, I noticed this attraction due to the row of columns I saw along the way. There is also a signage showing its name, part of which was covered by the items vendors their stuff.

It is located on the right side of the street, after you pass by what appeared to be a huge gate.
Written 4 November 2023
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,823 contributions
Jul 2023 • Couples
The Great Temple Compex is one of the principal sites of ancient Petra. The Great Temple was constructed around the first century BC, making it over 2000 years old. It is one of the most important archaeological and architectural sites in Petra. In its heyday, it served as a center for religious and governmental functions. The style combines Nabatean and classical Greek influences. It's quite fascinating.
Written 10 August 2023
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Athena Constantinou
119 contributions
Jun 2023
The Colonnaded Street leads you past the Pool and Garden Complex - a vast area of gardens and a large pool of water - to the remains of the Great Temple, which in its time was a magnificent monument of the ancient city and a symbol of the wealth and power of its rulers. The top of the columns was decorated with elephant heads instead of the usual corner volutes, another symbol of splendour and strength. Its central location shows that it was an important monument in its time, but it remains unclear whether it was a religious or administrative site or a building for public events. It was divided into two levels. The first level, the Lower Temenos, may have been a marketplace or forum. The second level, the Upper Temenos, may have contained a theatre or an assembly hall. The Great Temple covers a total area of 7,560 m2.
Written 24 July 2023
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zuv
Bucharest, Romania27,129 contributions
Mar 2023
The ruins of a former temple. Unfortunately, there is not much left to see, only a few remains of columns and walls.
Written 25 April 2023
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boymomdfw
Dallas, TX1,786 contributions
Mar 2023
Back in the day, this must have been huge! It's like 3 stories tall. You can tell how elaborate and beautiful it was.
Written 23 March 2023
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Jadranka P
London, UK717 contributions
Nov 2022
It is worth climbing .. if nothing but for the views. It was built by the Nabateans but it was badly damaged by an earthquake. There are still intact archways and some of columns laying around and it must have been magnificent structure when it was built.
Written 28 February 2023
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Bluebellplasnewydd
Cardiff, UK1,939 contributions
Dec 2022
Almost at the end of the easy walk from the main entrance of Petra this temple must have been impressive in its day. What is remarkable are the pieces of columns scattered around - no doubt waiting for reconstruction. There are a couple of bars further down where you can have a rest.
Written 20 December 2022
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SnowyShasta
Portland, OR2,119 contributions
Nov 2022
The Great Temple no longer has any sort of roof, but it's a large and impressive structure. We spent about 20 minutes climbing up to the top level, taking pictures, and generally exploring and admiring the views. Most of it is in ruins, but there are still intact archways and other portions that give you a small picture of what it must have looked like originally. We were glad that we took the time to walk into the Great Temple and explore.
Written 24 November 2022
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Jeffry b
Essendon, Australia13,823 contributions
Nov 2022
Like many things about Petra, the Great Temple is magnificent, but no-one really knows who or what was worshipped here. The Nabateans migrated from Arabia, but this was way before the advent of Islam. The Great Temple is ell worth a wander through, even if its religious intention is obscure.
Written 8 November 2022
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