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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. Using our world travel planner, Petra - Wadi Musa attractions like Byzantine Church can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Its OK but unimpressive compared to everything else around Petra, but there you go, everything cannot be outstanding.  more »
  • jordan, although no longer a christian dominated country, has many churches belonging to various eras. petra has some of the oldest churches. the byzantine church is quite close to the great temple. i...  more »
  • Whilst visiting Petra it's worth climbing up to the Byzantine church to see the mosaics, they are very well preserved and the patterns are beautiful.  more »
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  • 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
  • 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!
  • An early byzantine church with 84 mosaic medallions, because of the symmetrical figures I think it used to be called "Noahs church ⛪ "
  • The history in this place is amazing. A city that had been around since 300 BC. If the buildings could tell the stories.
  • ThePetra Churchis a Byzantine church in the ancient city ofPetra, located a few hundred meters off the colonnaded streetnear the Temple of the Winged Lions.advertisementHistory of the Byzantine ChurchThe Petra Church seems to have first been built over Nabataean and Roman remains around 450 AD. It may have beena major 5th- and 6th-centurycathedral, which is intriguing given the other evidence of Petra's decline after a 363AD earthquake.When first constructed around450, the church had only one apse and anentrance porch. The Mosaic of the Seasons inthe southern aisle is fromthis period.In 500-50 AD, the church was remodeled. Two sideapses were installed and the two-story atrium built.The nave was paved and the chancel screens, a pulpit, and wallmosaicswere installed, as were the mosaics of the northern aisle and the eastern end of the southern aisle.Around 600 AD, a secondremodeling may have been in progress when the church suffered a major fire, and it stood derelict until it was finallydestroyed by earthquakes.The Petra Church was discovered by Kenneth W. Russell in1990, who passed away in 1992. Thesite was excavated in 1992-98 by the American Center of Oriental Research (ACOR) with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).In December 1993,152 papyrus scrollswere uncovered inside the church. The scrolls, which are the largest group of ancient written material found in Jordan, were carbonized due to the early 7th-century fire and are still being deciphered. The scrolls are the records of one extended family and provide a valuable glimpse into life in Petra between 528 and 582 AD, a period that saw the reigns of three Byzantine emperors: Justinian, Justin II and Tiberius II. Among the documents isa will dividing property among three brothers; the property included vineyards and slaves. The scrolls are probably the family archive of the archdeacon Theodorus, son of Obodianos.