The Treasury

Wadi Musa featuring heritage architecture and a gorge or canyon as well as a small group of people
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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 Hotels Close to The Treasury

Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
Fully refundable
The price is $105 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
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

Petra Guest House
Movenpick Resort Petra
Movenpick Resort Petra
5 out of 5
Wadi Mousa, Po Box 214, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
The price is $166 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
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
Princess Balqees Hostel
Princess Balqees Hostel
1 out of 5
Petra city - Albasyt Arya, Wadi Musa
The price is $161 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Stay at this hostel in Wadi Musa. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and a terrace. Popular attractions Petra and Royal Tombs are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
Princess Balqees Hostel
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.

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La Maison Hotel Petra
La Maison Hotel Petra
3 out of 5
Tourism Stret, Petra, Wadi Musa, 71810
The price is $62 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 12
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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 $166 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Movenpick Resort Petra
Petra Guest House
Petra Guest House
4 out of 5
Wadi Moussa, Petra, Wadi Musa
The price is $105 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 17
Petra Guest House
Princess Balqees Hostel
Princess Balqees Hostel
1 out of 5
Petra city - Albasyt Arya, Wadi Musa
The price is $161 per night from Aug 10 to Aug 11
Princess Balqees Hostel
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Marriott Hotel
5 out of 5
Queen Rania Al Abdallah Street, Wadi Musa
The price is $131 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Petra Marriott Hotel
Petra Boutique Hotel
Petra Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
Tourism Street, Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate, 71810
The price is $74 per night from Aug 12 to Aug 13
Petra Boutique Hotel
Petra Aretas Hotel
Petra Aretas Hotel
2 out of 5
Tourism St., Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $70 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 26
Petra Aretas Hotel
Unique Bedouin Cultural Experience inside Petra
Unique Bedouin Cultural Experience inside Petra
Wadi Musa, Ma'an Governorate
The price is $74 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
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Petra Venus Hotel
Petra Venus Hotel
2.5 out of 5
Tourism Street, Petra, Wadi Musa, 718101
Petra Venus 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.