High Place of Sacrifice

High Place of Sacrifice

The High Place of Worship is where the Nabateans performed ritual sacrifices of animals, which can be found at the top of the Monastery. Most people who make their way up there make use of the trek that is directly to the right of the Street of Facades and can clearly be identified by the donkeys and merchants who wait there.
 
Another trek that takes you to the High Places of Worship is via Wadi Farasa. It takes between thirty minutes and one hour to reach the top and it is a bit tiresome. From here you can clearly see the Treasury, looking down on it, instead of looking up as you did when you first walked through the Siq.
 
While trekking via Wadi Farasa, you will encounter a number of tombs which hare hidden in the rocks. Some of these tombs are known as the Tomb of the Pendiment, the Garden Tomb and the Tricilinuim.  This path is a bit beaten, but the advantage is that it is away from the masses which makes it a relatively peaceful climb upwards. The other advantage is that only via this route can you see some of the smaller tombs and carvings that form part of the history of Petra.
 
The spiritually inclined will definitely feel as if they are following the footsteps of ancient Nabateans as they make their way up. Once there, a flat mountain piece presents itself where you sit and stare at what lies beneath and in the distance.
 
There are merchants who sell soft drinks and refreshments along the way, which is advisable to take in, or at least as much water as possible because the sun strikes down on you. There are however no restrooms along the way. It is recommended to use see the High Places via Wadi Farasa early morning or late afternoon. Not only will the heat be more bearable, but it will make for magnificent photos of the Treasury in the different light.