Byzantine Church, Petra - Wadi Musa

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Admire the ancient remains of Byzantine Church, a fifth-century church and part of the World Heritage Site of Petra, known for its mosaic floors. The church was built in 450 AD during the Byzantine rule of Petra, on the foundations of Roman and Nabatean ruins. Extensively damaged by a number of earthquakes and a fire, the church’s best-preserved structure remains its pavement, adorned with mosaics that depict a variety of animals, human figures, and geometric designs. Plan your Byzantine Church visit and explore what else you can see and do in Petra - Wadi Musa using our Petra - Wadi Musa itinerary maker site .
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  • As with all Petra carvings, the time of year and time of day determine the view you get of the carvings--whether they stand out sharply or fade in the sunlight will determine your view and photographs...  more »
  • The "Church" is one of the less spectacular places in Petra. To interpret, as "Church" only by an inconspicuous marker in the inner wall is this cave in the rock of one of the points that you should either watch as a backdrop for a mint tea at the kiosk opposite (what do virtually all the it up here made it have) or is the way to save. The ascent takes a long time, that the access to this large cavity in the rock now (due to wear and tear by the ladders) is blocked and therefore no longer can be seen the cross marks in the walls.
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  • Coming to Petra and finding this church was the surprising discovery of the history . Located in the famous area of the great Petra it is revealing how the church and history is a legacy . The place b...  more »
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  • This is the main church of the complex comprising the Petra Church, the Blue Church and the Ridge Church. The Petra Church has a tripartite basilica measuring 26 x 15 meters with three inscribed apses and three corresponding entrances. It was probably built in the last half of the fifth century AD. The church’s preserved mosaic floor, sheltered under a protecting ceiling, has beautiful illustrations. Many of these images lie inside circular medallions and depict animals, birds, humans, vegetable produce, and vessels, as well as personifications of the four seasons, the ocean, earth and wisdom. This complex of three churches was built over earlier Nabatean buildings and tombs, which remained in the use throughout the Roman period before Christianity became dominant in Petra in the fifth century AD, at which time some buildings and tombs were converted to churches. The carved figures found inside the Petra Church, for example, are Nabatean, suggesting that these may have been recovered from an earlier temple.
  • Amazing covered floors are found in this church built in around 450 ( amazing! ) :-) I over use that word around here! It was discovered in 1990 and was excavated in 1992-1998. They found 152 papyrus scrolls in the church - the largest ancient written material found in Jordan - and was carbon dated to the 7th C. History!
  • Very near to this place there is a nice cafe for refreshing.If somebody want to do an amazing excursion to jebel harun mosc the corect person to help him is ibrachim. He works there.He is young but he nows the place very well. Before two days we went together.Over 20 km,but the view is amazing
  • The history in this place is amazing. A city that had been around since 300 BC. If the buildings could tell the stories.
  • An early byzantine church with 84 mosaic medallions, because of the symmetrical figures I think it used to be called "Noahs church ⛪ "

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A gateway to the famous archaeological site of Petra, Wadi Musa boasts a large variety of accommodation options. Lodgings vary from upscale resorts and stylish boutique establishments, to budget-friendly hostels. A number of hotels in Wadi Musa fall into the mid-range pricing category and offer cozy basic rooms, Internet access, and private bathrooms.
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