Byzantine Church, Petra - Wadi Musa

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Admire the ancient remains of Byzantine Church, a fifth-century church and part of the World Heritage Site of Petra, known for its mosaic floors. The church was built in 450 AD during the Byzantine rule of Petra, on the foundations of Roman and Nabatean ruins. Extensively damaged by a number of earthquakes and a fire, the church’s best-preserved structure remains its pavement, adorned with mosaics that depict a variety of animals, human figures, and geometric designs. Plan your Byzantine Church visit and explore what else you can see and do in Petra - Wadi Musa using our Petra - Wadi Musa itinerary maker site.
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  • Fine example of non cave buildings around the Petra complex. Built in the post Nabataean era and worth a slight detour from the main road.  more »
  • This is slightly off the main road and often missed. The church is worth the hike. the courtyard, the inside with the excellent condition mosaic floor. Once outside, it gives a good view of the...  more »
  • Right now, this Byzantine-era church is under active restoration and also covered by a huge metal canopy for protection. There are some beautiful mosaics on the floor. The views of the colonnaded street (Great Temple etc) and Royal Tombs from here are panoramic and very good.
  • This is the main church of the complex comprising the Petra Church, the Blue Church and the Ridge Church. The Petra Church has a tripartite basilica measuring 26 x 15 meters with three inscribed apses and three corresponding entrances. It was probably built in the last half of the fifth century AD. The church’s preserved mosaic floor, sheltered under a protecting ceiling, has beautiful illustrations. Many of these images lie inside circular medallions and depict animals, birds, humans, vegetable produce, and vessels, as well as personifications of the four seasons, the ocean, earth and wisdom. This complex of three churches was built over earlier Nabatean buildings and tombs, which remained in use throughout the Roman period before Christianity became dominant in Petra in the fifth century AD, at which time some buildings and tombs were converted to churches. The carved figures found inside the Petra Church, for example, are Nabatean, suggesting that these may have been recovered from an earlier temple.

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