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The Monastery

Like the "Treasury," the name "Monastery" is a rather inaccurate nickname, which is probably based on its remote location and some inscribed crosses in the interior. Althought it may have been later used as a church (or even a hermitage), it was probably a temple. It may have been dedicated to the deified Nabatean king Obodas I, who reigned in the 1st century BC.
The Monastery is similar to design to the Treasury, but it is much larger (50 m high x 45m wide) and much less decorated. The facade is flat on the lower level and deeply carved on the upper level, with engaged columns and two half-pediments flanking a central urn (10m high).
The flat plaza in front was carved out of the rock, perhaps to accommodate crowds at religious ceremonies. It was originally surrounded by a colonnade. The interior consists of a single room with double staircases leading up to a niche (the same layout as in the Qasr al-Bint and the Temple of the Winged Lions).
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Karin Sjödin25-Oct-2010 11:17
interesting to see your gallery. thanks for your visit to my gallery.
Lawrence Solum15-May-2010 12:19
Well done!
January Grey14-May-2010 02:51
Fascinating structure! Beautifully captured, Zaid. V~
Ceya13-May-2010 19:10
A beautiful and interesting place to visit - you
have captured the details of this monastery very well.
The tourists give a scale to this huge building. Big vote!
Patricia Kay12-May-2010 19:57
Amazing place and image Zaid...BV
Liz Bickel12-May-2010 18:50
What an amazing place. I'm in awe. Wonderful shot!
Guest 12-May-2010 18:14
A most wonderful and interesting place. Great shot Zaid! V
Simon Chandler12-May-2010 17:15
Wow, magnificent structure well captured and presented. Great use of the people in the plaza for scale. v
Colin Storey12-May-2010 16:37
Fantastic capture of this amazing sight. v
Fong Lam12-May-2010 15:20
Thanks for sharing this great capture of the ancient monastery, Zaid...V
Vince12-May-2010 14:52
Superb capture of this majestic monastery. Great show of scale with the people there. Thanks for the information too. Vote.
marie-jose wolff12-May-2010 14:40
wonderful place! V