Sheltered within a valley of red rocks is one of the world’s most famous façades. Marvel at the artistic details that remain crisp after more than 2,000 years.
The crowning jewel of the Petra Archaeological Park, the Treasury is distinctive for its elaborate design and clear outline in the reddish stone of the valley. It stands 130 feet (40 meters) tall at the end of the impressive Siq gorge. Admire the pillars and pediments making up the restored frontage of this carved structure.
Arrive early to avoid the crowds and get an unobstructed view of the site in the glowing light of morning. The façade is made up of spiritual figures, friezes and slender pillars, which look extraordinary in the red rock face. Inspect the pediments and capitals making up the exceptional frontage. Spot the funerary urn topping the attraction. It is thought to contain a pharaoh’s treasure.
Comprising two tall floors, the structure dates back to the 1st century B.C. Chat with guides to hear the theories about the function of the Treasury. A graveyard was excavated beneath the structure, which may also have been a temple or an archive library. Explore the three chambers of this intricate building to appreciate the ingenuity of the Nabatean people.
To get the perfect first glimpse of this work of art, traverse the Siq gorge. Toward the end of the valley, the stone walls close overheard, before opening to reveal the Treasury. Note how well the building has survived over millennia, sheltered in its valley from the elements.
Light touches the façade again just before sunset, when it appears to glow in pink hues. Climb up a neighboring wall for an excellent vantage point and snap photos of the world-famous site.
The Treasury is the prize at the end of the Siq gorge on the path running west from the Petra Visitor Center. Pass the Djinn Blocks and the Obelisk Tomb among other attractions on the way. Follow the path northwest to reach the Nabatean Theater, the Tomb of Unayshu and the Urn Tomb.