Petra Palace, also called Petra Palace and Palace Monument should not be confused with Petra Palace Hotel. The Petra Palace Monument is more often referred to as Petra Palace Tomb, the reason being that the structure in question although resembling a Roman palace was in fact used as a tomb. At different periods in history the Petra Palace Tomb Monument also functioned as a venue for banquets, a venue for funeral ceremonies and as a temple of worship.
The Petra Palace Tomb Monument – One of the Royal Tombs
The Petra Palace Tomb is one of several tombs referred to as the Royal Tombs they include the Urn Tomb and the Corinthian Tomb. The Royal Tombs are situated on a small hill near the Roman Theater from here you can get a good view of the city of Petra. The Royal Tombs got their name because of their size and grandeur but it is yet unknown who the tombs where intended for.
Structure of the Petra Palace Tomb Monument
The Petra Palace Tomb is thought to date at least back to the 2nd century and the architecture is a mixture of classic Roman and Nabataean. Petra Palace Tomb is carved out of the red sandstone synonymous with the ancient city of Petra in the rock face called Jebel Khubtha. The palace Tomb resembles a Roman palace in structure having five levels with Roman pillars and columns rising up from the grand entrance and all along the face of the monument. There are five entrances each covered by a circular or triangular gable. If you look up above the entrance you can see the 18 columns supporting the third level.
Unlike most of the Petra monuments the Petra Palace Tomb was not carved entirely out of one continual piece of rock but parts of the palace were built using ashlar blocks which had already been shaped and only then were they assembled. This can be seen on the corner of the third level of the Petra Palace Tomb. Above the third level are two more levels but these have all but disappeared from erosion. The Petra Palace Tomb would have had wall decoration inside and would have been an awe inspiring structure even more so than it is today. Behind the Petra Palace Tomb Monument is a dam and water cistern collecting rain water in a pool cut out on the northern side of the palace.
Visit the Petra Palace Tomb Monument
Each of the civilizations which passed through Petra left their mark on the Petra Palace Tomb. The Petra Palace Tomb which is one of the biggest of Petra’s monuments is also one of the most prominent. Although not in it’s original glory the Petra Palace Tomb is still an impressive piece of architecture and still resembles a palace despite the erosion that the desert has caused the monument over the years.
On a visit to the ancient city of Petra don’t miss the stunning Petra Palace Tomb Monument carved into the red stone rock face. The palace is proof of the brilliant architectural skills of that period and the talented craftsmanship of Petra artisans.