Obelisk Tomb and Triclinium. Photo by Bernard Gagnon.
Often missed by visitors because the tomb is before the Siq, on the left near the entrance, this tomb is faced with four obelisks, built as funerary monuments to the Nabataeans buried inside. The obelisk tomb was built on top of an earlier structure known as a triclinium (a ritual dining room) where annual feasts were held to commemorate the dead. This tomb is best seen at sunset on the way back to your hotel when the colours are rich and the shadows deep.
Hadrian’s Gate. Photo by Jean Housen.
Petra’s largest and most distant monument, Al Deir, also known as the Monastery (it was used by Christians at some point); it still lacks an interior of interest. Note the local guy standing right on the top.
Right at the opposite end of Petra to the Siq entrance, Al Deir will require some dedication to reach as the 800 steps up to this spot are a hot and tiresome business after already hours of rocky walking in the sun; donkeys come in handy for this stretch. Note the Jordanian fooling around on the urn at top. Fatalism rules, OK!