Al-Khazneh
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Be prepared for the breathtaking sight of this 2000-year-old monument which resembles a Greek temple with an urn at the top that was once reputed to hold priceless treasures.
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  • Bluebellplasnewydd
    Cardiff, United Kingdom1,935 contributions
    Magnificent
    This is the view that you have been waiting for and it is the first open space after the walk down the ravine. It is the picture featured in all the advertising although you are likely to be there, not alone, but with many tourists, camels, bedouin and donkeys. Linger and enjoy, although it is called the treasury, I don't think there is any evidence of this function. You can obviously hire animals to ride back or onwards and also electric buggies at considerable cost.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 20 December 2022
  • Claire-Ly Lee
    Vancouver, Canada3 contributions
    A dream come true
    Petra for us was a must as we saw it 57 years ago and this September with Gate 1 tours. It was as amazing and more. We found the Treasury is really a tomb as I remember. Further down on the old Roman road we saw a lot of changes. New excavations and people still living in caves. I would need a couple of hundred pages to describe all. It is good for young and old. I was still 83 and my husband 82. We had a lot of seniors on the tour and the history, the buildings from those ancient times were unbelievingly beautiful. The young ones in our group climbed up where it is permitted and a few took the 188 steps up to the monastery. My dream came true to see it again as the first time I realized I met the love of my life, my husband of almost 56 years. Glad memories although he hired a donkey in those days and I had the old time Olympus camera and got bouncy shots.
    Visited September 2022
    Written 11 January 2023
  • Agata W
    Warsaw, Poland508 contributions
    Spectacular, but simultaneously overrated
    A bit disappointing as for the most well-known spot in Jordan, world wonder etc. Yes, it is spectacular, the location, the facade, the way it is step by step discovered from the SIQ. But this is just a facade. The area in front of it is overcrowded with shopping stalls, people, touts, camels, rickshaws, donkeys. Not easy to move around. It's overcommercialized.
    Visited October 2022
    Written 20 January 2023
  • Jadranka P
    London, United Kingdom717 contributions
    Beautiful but overcrowded
    The most famous site of Petra. Al-Khazneh, or the Treasury is the first major building that you see after the long walk through beautiful Siq. It is overcrowded with tourists and vendors and at moments chaotic and thus impossible to enjoy in full its beauty.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Athena Constantinou
    119 contributions
    An amazing feat of engineering!
    As you take the last turn in the Siq, the first glimpse of the columns emerges, and no picture of the Treasury will ever prepare you for the sense of absolute awe you feel when you stand before this majestic monument and see it with your own eyes. Cut into the cliffs, carved into the red sandstone and quietly hidden between the canyons of Petra, this enigmatic monument is the most famous of all the monuments of Petra. In reality, this 39-metre-high structure is just a facade with a relatively small hall that is believed to have once served as a royal burial site, although its original function remains a mystery. If it looks familiar, that's because it appeared in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as the final resting place of the Holy Grail.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 19 July 2023
  • Russ Lacuata
    Long Beach, California8,569 contributions
    Iconic
    The most iconic monument of Petra. The stunning mausoleum and its state of preservation is mind blowing. Its unique and eclectic design is a mix from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Syrian architectural elements. It's best to see it in the early hours to avoid the crowds. There will be Bedouins trying to get you to take pictures with the camels and guide you to one of the picture spot hikes.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 October 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,407 contributions
    Finally, I saw it!
    I first saw it on Day 1 of my visit of Petra. Used my 2-day Jordan Pass for this visit. On Day 2 of my visit, I saw it again when I started my walk/hike at the Little Petra. The Treasury is the most intact of all the ancient buildings located in Petra. Closed #2 is the Monastery. From the Visitor Center, one can walk, ride the camel, or ride the electric cart to reach this attraction. I passed by the huge, beautiful boulders and canyons. Took lots of pictures here!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 November 2023
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,407 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
I first saw it on Day 1 of my visit of Petra. Used my 2-day Jordan Pass for this visit. On Day 2 of my visit, I saw it again when I started my walk/hike at the Little Petra.

The Treasury is the most intact of all the ancient buildings located in Petra. Closed #2 is the Monastery.
From the Visitor Center, one can walk, ride the camel, or ride the electric cart to reach this attraction. I passed by the huge, beautiful boulders and canyons. Took lots of pictures here!
Written 2 November 2023
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,569 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The most iconic monument of Petra. The stunning mausoleum and its state of preservation is mind blowing. Its unique and eclectic design is a mix from the Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Syrian architectural elements.

It's best to see it in the early hours to avoid the crowds. There will be Bedouins trying to get you to take pictures with the camels and guide you to one of the picture spot hikes.
Written 23 October 2023
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Freedom42648367952
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Sep 2023 • Family
The Treasury is awesome, however if you want to go up to take photos from above you’ll have to pay a fee and they will try to shake you down. The price changes based on who you are and if you don’t want to pay or try to walk off you’ll be insulted with obscenities, they are not afraid to drop the f word. I have been to 14 countries, and the people at this location pretty much ruined my Jordan experience.
Written 17 September 2023
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bgtoca
Vancouver, Canada117 contributions
May 2023
Al Khazneh aka The Treasury is Jordan's iconic landmark and top tourist attraction. It's about 2 km or 30 min walk from the site's main entrance. This is what everybody comes to see when they come to Petra, so come as early as possible. It can be a real challenge to get good photos of The Treasury due to the crowds of tourists, school children, Bedouin hustlers, and their animals getting in the way. I appreciated the beauty of the place, but it's very hard to enjoy it due to the crowds, noise, and the constant hassling from the local Bedouins to get you to buy their overpriced trinkets, or ride their unwell-looking animals. Hiring a reputable guide in advance really helped to get a better understanding of the history of the place, which was very interesting. I would love to come back to explore some of the more remote parts of Petra, as 1 day is not enough to do much more than to see the Treasury.

Now for Petra by Night, my experience may not be typical, but I hated it, felt unsafe, and couldn't wait to leave. First you walk the 2 km to The Treasury in almost complete darkness, with only paper lanterns lighting the way. Then, at The Treasury you are herded like cattle to sit on tiny camping chairs with no back support. I'm petite and I was pretty uncomfortable sitting on those. And let's not forget the stray dogs that walk alongside the tourists in the dark startling them, baking and fighting amongst themselves, and sitting with the tourists as the show is going on. I love dogs, but they really shouldn't be allowed to mingle with the crowds in the darkness. The icing on the cake for me was when the show started, an Arabic speaking man started shouting and trying to pick a fight with the Bedouins. He knocked over a lantern, which caught on fire and was quickly put out. He got kicked out, then came back a few minutes later, yelling, and kicked a microphone stand, which hit a girl in the audience. She seemed ok. Then he was finally removed for good. Many people including myself left early as we felt like if the crowd panicked and violence erupted, we would be trapped in a canyon, in the dark, with only 1 way out, 2 km away from help. The risk of a stampede was very real. The security for the show was terrible, we did not get our bags scanned upon entry, and I did not see any tourist police or security guards to maintain law and order. When you cram hundreds of tourists in the dark, you need security for sure. As far as the show, it's Arabic music and the lighting up of The Treasury in different colors. That's it. For the hassle that we endured, seeing Petra by Night was not worth it to me.
Written 10 August 2023
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Sea Dweller
Dubai, United Arab Emirates6,679 contributions
Apr 2023
The Arabs call this temple - Chaznat al-Firʿaun - "Treasury of the Pharaoh." According to one of the legends, the Egyptian pharaoh who pursued Moses created this temple with magic and hid his treasures. According to another version, the temple was built by the Nabatean king Aretas IV Philopatris as his own tomb. Over time, the original purpose of the building was forgotten.
Many of the sculptures on the façade have been lost over time. Two figures of an eagle on the roof of the building, according to legend, carried away the soul of the deceased. On the second floor, dancing Amazons with double-sided axes are depicted. The entrance is guarded by statues of the mythological twins Castor and Pollux, who, according to legend, lived simultaneously on Olympus and in the underworld.
As a result of tourist activity, the temple was badly damaged. Therefore, 20 years ago I went inside the temple, but today it is not possible. A fence was erected in front of the temple facade. So, you can only enjoy the view from the outside. 20 years ago, alone camel was sitting on the square in front of the temple, now there are so many camels that it is very difficult to pass through the square.
Written 9 August 2023
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Athena Constantinou
119 contributions
Jun 2023
As you take the last turn in the Siq, the first glimpse of the columns emerges, and no picture of the Treasury will ever prepare you for the sense of absolute awe you feel when you stand before this majestic monument and see it with your own eyes. Cut into the cliffs, carved into the red sandstone and quietly hidden between the canyons of Petra, this enigmatic monument is the most famous of all the monuments of Petra. In reality, this 39-metre-high structure is just a facade with a relatively small hall that is believed to have once served as a royal burial site, although its original function remains a mystery. If it looks familiar, that's because it appeared in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as the final resting place of the Holy Grail.
Written 19 July 2023
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AmmarSarajevo
Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina90 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Absolutely breathtaking. This is one of the scenes that leaves you speechless. I recommend you start the tour early, from 6 o'clock in the morning, to enjoy the silence.
Written 5 June 2023
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK890 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
It’s the view that you came to see but you hoped to have it to yourself!
Well, no, you will share it with hundreds of other tourists and it’s noisy and packed. Tourists will get in your photos but then you’ll get in theirs. I don’t mind seeing other people in my photos but not if they’re posing or taking selfies especially on a camel!

The building is stunning, admire the skill of the civilisation that created it and thrived in this desert environment so long ago. You can avoid the hassle of the local people who are just trying to scrape a living after years without tourists during covid. Better still buy a tacky souvenir, your holiday spending money might represent a year’s income to a Bedouin family.

Walk the rest of the site and the crowds thin out.
Written 1 June 2023
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henneke
Cantabria, Spain2 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
It is at the entrance to the Caves, a magnificent towering edifice known as the Treasury. Carved into the rock, it is faced with columns and leads to a labyrinth of interior spaces used to manage economic affairs. Now, there is no entry inside but all walking on mules or on foot leads to many other caves, which are indicative of the civilization of the past era. Spread over a vast area and many tourist shops are along the cobble stone stairs, which are very steep to climb.
It has resting quarters for merchants and tradesmen and their camels or goats/donkeys as well as living quarters for staff. There is a natural stream running at the foot of the entrance, and symbols to ward off evil along the path. Places of worship and sacrifice are visible.
Donkeys can be hired to go up and down the steep stone stairs and it takes at least 4-5 hours of stamina to do so. Guides are available. Admission ticket available for free, no prebiotics needed but check entry times. One must do in his life
Written 11 May 2023
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Ashfield531
Ringwood, UK1,026 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
The achievements of the ancient Nabatean people in creating these sandstone carvings is incredible but for modern day visitors it is the exit from the dark narrow gorge of the Siq to be then confronted by the elaborate façade of the Treasury glowing in the light that is stunning.

This is true even when it is a dull day and the place is crowded and noisy as it was when we visited.
Written 7 May 2023
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