Cardo Maximus collonaded Street - The Great Temple with its Temenos Gate and Lower Temenos - Basin Museum of Petra - the way to The Ad- Dayr (the Monastery)
The 25th of January 2011
Before having had lunch we still had to walk down the Cardo Maximus sided by mountain ranges leading to the Temenos Gate, that marks the end of the commercial sector of Petra and the late first century BC Great Temple, that stands 25 metres above street level. The limestone sculpted elephant headed capitals on tumbled columns to be seen at the Lower Temenos were particularly impressive because of the detailed carving, though many of them had been severely eroded, but also impressive were the hexagonal paved stones.
The ad-Dayr emerged on a wide flat plateau as we looked right ... and we were speechless ...