Petra Monastery (Al Dayr)
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, also one of the wonders of the world, is a place where not only the world famous Treasury is found, but various other magnificent structures that were carved into the rocks. One of these is the Monastery which you only find after a long walk into the hidden city of Petra. The façade is set in isolation which adds to the mystery behind such an enormous rock carved structure.
What is even more fascinating is that the Monastery is the largest of all the structures in this spectacular area. It is a somewhat challenging trek up to the top, seeing as you would have been walking quite a distance already before reaching the foot of the structure. None the less, the views from the top are simply breathtaking and no one should pass this opportunity. There are donkeys that can be mounted to get to the top. It is often easy to negotiate with the handlers on how much to pay for the ride.
Early morning, and especially later afternoon makes for the most magnificent photo opportunities. Jordan is a very hot country so during midday temperatures will definitely be at a disadvantage during the trek up along eight hundred to nine hundred steps to reach the Monastery. From the bottom to the top it usually takes the ordinary person around forty minutes. The spectacular view not only stretches along the area of Petra’s hidden city, but you can also catch a clear glimpse of Palestine and Israel from way up there.
The Petra site opens at seven o’clock in the mornings and entrance fees include all the sites you will see. Donkey or horse rides are not included along the way. There are a number of rest stops and restaurants that serve refreshments.