Djinn Blocks

Wadi Musa showing a gorge or canyon
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Djinn Blocks

La Maison Hotel Petra
La Maison Hotel Petra
3 out of 5
Tourism Stret, Petra, Wadi Musa, 71810
The price is $65 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
3.9/5 Good! (324 reviews)
"Everyone at the hotel was very nice to us. The front desk helped us alot in pur itenery and even helped us with a private driver for all our needs back to the airport"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

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Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
The price is $164 per night from Sep 11 to Sep 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (812 reviews)
"Literally at the entrance of Petra! Staff were amazing and friendly, they made sure our stay is memorable"

Reviewed on Jul 17, 2022

Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
Fully refundable
The price is $114 per night from Aug 19 to Aug 20
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the bar in our reviews. ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (279 reviews)
"The property is right at the entrance gate to the park, which is perfect."

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2022

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1 out of 5
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5 out of 5
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4 out of 5
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3 out of 5
Tourism Stret, Petra, Wadi Musa, 71810
The price is $65 per night from Aug 13 to Aug 14
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4 out of 5
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2 out of 5
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3 out of 5
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Petra Venus Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
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Petra Moon Hotel
Petra Moon Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Petra Visitor Center Street, Wadi Musa
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