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Djinn Blocks

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Wadi Musa showing a gorge or canyon

On the path to the Siq are three sandstone behemoths whose meaning and functionality continue to baffle archaeologists millennia after their construction.

The Djinn Blocks are made up of three huge cubic monuments within the archaeological site of Petra. Constructed by the Nabateans in the 1st century, the blocks, their meaning and their function remain somewhat of a mystery to archaeologists. Diverge from the well-trodden path of Petra and stumble upon these intriguing and impressive cubes.

Visit the blocks as part of a tour and chat with the guide to learn about the leading theories relating to their meaning. One school of thought suggests the blocks may have served as a symbol for funerals and mausoleums, potentially making these the oldest tombs in the region. Some people suggest the monuments related to the deities of fertility and water. Snap photos of the huge three-part monument as something to help you remember your trip. Making up the scenic backdrop are the golden rock formations of Petra.

The cubes have an iconic status in Petra as the entrance and exit to the ruins. Within the middle of the three blocks are a pair of tombs. The structures were carved out of solid sandstone and were thought to have initially been part of a larger project that was discarded.

Admire the well-preserved condition of the stone monuments. Note that the name of the blocks is Arabic for spirit and it is where the English word genie comes from.

Find the Djinn Blocks between the Petra Visitor Center and the portal of the Siq in the archaeological site of Petra. Walk southwest from the hotel zone of Wadi Musa for about 10 minutes to reach the site. You can also get up and down the trail with less exertion via camels or donkeys. Bring enough water and sunscreen to protect you from the afternoon heat. Make sure to visit neighboring attractions, such as the Obelisk Tomb, the Al-Khazneh and the Nabatean Theater.

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petra cabin hostel
petra cabin hostel
1 out of 5
Tourism Street Behind Moevenpick Resort, Wadi Musa
The price is $12 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated in Wadi Musa, this hostel is steps from Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within 10 minutes.
4.5/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
"This is the best hostel I have ever stayed at. It is the cleanest hostel, the staff are the warmest and friendliest people, they go above and beyond in every regard. The beds are super comfortable. The layout of the hostel makes it feel so homely. The owners built the hostel themselves and you can ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

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Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $112 per night from Aug 17 to Aug 17
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Petra and Petra Visitor Center. Street of Facades and Djinn Blocks are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (240 reviews)
"This was simply the perfect hotel for my wife and I. The very closest hotel to the entrance of Petra, easy walking distance to numerous external restaurants, excellent air conditioning, and a friendly and very responsive staff of whom many speak English. And to top it all off, “The Cave,” a bar/restaurant ..."

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Petra Guest House
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $159 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
This family-friendly Wadi Musa resort is located in the historical district, just steps from Petra Visitor Center and Petra. Djinn Blocks and Street of Facades ...
4.3/5Excellent! (772 reviews)
"Location, Swiss efficiency, food all good. Rooms beginning to show signs of wear but overall much enjoyed."

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Movenpick Resort Petra
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petra cabin hostel
1 out of 5
Tourism Street Behind Moevenpick Resort, Wadi Musa
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4 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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The price is $159 per night from Sep 1 to Sep 1
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Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
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The price is $142 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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P Quattro Relax Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Wadi Musa City Center, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $78 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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Petra Venus Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $49 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
5 out of 5
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Petra Moon Hotel
3.5 out of 5
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Petra Main Gate Appartment
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The price is $200 per night from Aug 3 to Aug 3
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