The cardo maximus was the main or central north–south-oriented street in Ancient Roman cities and military camps as an integral component of city planning.

circa 200 CE

Southern Section of the Jerusalem Cardo, it was originally a paved avenue approximately 22.5 meters wide (roughly the width of a six lane highway) which ran southward from the site of the Damascus gate, terminating at an unknown point. An illustration of how this main street might have looked in Roman-Byzantine times.

circa 200 CE

The remains of colonnade street (decumanus) in city proper, Petra, looking towards the arched gate. It leads from main theater to the Qasr al Bint, the ancient shops that once flanked this avenue are gone or are in ruins. Qasr al-Bint is also visible in the background.

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