COVID-19 alert: Travel requirements are changing rapidly, including need for pre-travel COVID-19 testing and quarantine on arrival.

The Treasury

Vacation Travel Guide
Wadi Musa featuring heritage architecture and a gorge or canyon as well as a small group of people

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.

Top things to do in The Treasury

Top Hotels Close to The Treasury

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 $124 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
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 ..."

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Petra Guest House
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $143 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Situated in the historical district, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Petra.
4.2/5Excellent! (326 reviews)
"A gorgeous view- lovely overlook of Petra and the mountains. We especially enjoyed the outdoor dining tent with live entertainment as the sun went down."

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2021

Petra Marriott Hotel
Relaxing Oasis Villa
Relaxing Oasis Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jordan-Petra, Taybeh Street, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
Located in the heart of Wadi Musa, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Petra and The Treasury. High Place of Sacrifice and Obelisk Tomb are also within ...
3.3/5 (4 reviews)
Nice host, Pretty building, but leaking toilets.
"First of all, the Relaxing Oasis Villa is difficult to find. Our taxi driver was familiar with the area and found it. The host was very nice, but spoke only a couple of words of English, and barely understood spoken English. I eventually drew pictures to communicate with him. I had booked two rooms. ..."

Reviewed on May 4, 2020

Relaxing Oasis Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Plan a trip to see The Treasury

Western Gate Residence
Ma'In Hot Springs
Asia Hotel
Don't see what you're looking for?
See all available trips from Ashburn to The Treasury
View all trips

Popular places to visit in The Treasury

The Treasury

Choose one or more items to build your trip:

Best Lodging Options Near The Treasury

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 8 to Aug 8
petra cabin hostel
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $143 per night from Jul 28 to Jul 28
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $124 per night from Jul 30 to Jul 30
Petra Guest House
Relaxing Oasis Villa
Relaxing Oasis Villa
3.5 out of 5
Jordan-Petra, Taybeh Street, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
Relaxing Oasis Villa
Princess Balqees Hostel
Princess Balqees Hostel
1 out of 5
Petra city - Albasyt Arya, Wadi Musa
The price is $161 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
Princess Balqees Hostel
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa
Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Venus Hotel
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
Petra Venus Hotel
Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Petra, Wadi Musa
Crowne Plaza Resort Petra
Petra Corner Hotel
Petra Corner Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Petra Jordan, Tourism Street, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $49 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Petra Corner Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.