Discover the historic Siq, the awe-inspiring entrance to Petra. Walk through this natural rock cleft and be transported back in time.

The Siq in Petra (The gorge)

The main road leading to the city of Petra commences at the dam and concludes on the opposite side of the Treasury. This winding rock cleft spans approximately 1200 meters in length and 3-12 meters in width, with a height of about 80 meters. The majority of the path is natural, while another portion was carved by the Nabataeans. At the entrance of the Siq, remnants of an arch symbolizing the city gate can be observed. Additionally, on both sides of the Siq, there are canals that transport water from the springs of Wadi Musa outside the city to the inside. On the right side, water flows through clay pipes, while on the left side, the canal is carved into the rock and covered with stone slabs, serving as water filters at intervals. Furthermore, side dams have been constructed to replace the original Nabataean dams, preventing water from entering the Siq and reserving it for beneficial use. The floor of the Siq is paved with stone tiles, some of which remain in their original positions.

Nabataean sculptures adorn the sides of the Siq, with many depicting gods. These statues and niches are often found in close proximity to the water canals, reflecting the Nabataeans’ belief in the sacredness of water.

Uncover the wonders of Petra’s Siq, a fascinating rock passage that takes you on a journey through time. Experience the magic of this historic entrance to a magnificent ancient city by booking a tour in Petra.

A collection of sculptures known as the Idols of Sabinus can be seen on the left side of the Siq. This group derives its name from a Greek inscription beneath the second apse on the left, near the end of the Siq, attributing the carving of these apses to Sabinus, son of Alexander, who hailed from Daraa. These niches were created to honor the Nabataean gods. Noteworthy sculptures include remnants of camels and men representing a commercial caravan, highlighting the Nabataeans’ reputation for trade, a key factor contributing to their immense wealth

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