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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  • The area just grows on you and time becomes an issue as there are so many things to see. The Byzantine Church is on of them that should be visited if not just for the mosaics which are stunning. The k...  more »
  • Not quite as ancient as the Great Temple area so worth a visit to see development. Was being renovated when we were there.  more »
  • The mosaics are the main item of interest. Not much else to see there, but there are a few other things nearby.  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.
  • As the title says this was a Byzantine church. Knowing that is is very crazy because that means Petra was used by many people from different times. It is nice to see how the architecture differed a bit. The main hilight of this sight is the mosaic floors. They are very well kept and a must see to compare the different eras of Petra. This location is a bit hidden and is off the main path, but when you see a white tent as you walk towards the museum that is it.

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