Obelisk Tomb

Obelisk Tomb was constructed in the first century CE in Petra. It is an elaborate two story tomb carved from the solid rock. Its facade is an elaborate mixture of Egyptian, Greek, Indian and Nabataean architectural styles. Obelisk Tomb is towered by four obelisks and hence it got its name.

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The facade of the structure known as the Obelisk Tomb, built as funerary symbols by the Nabataeans in the 1st century BCE. The four obelisks, together with the eroded human figure in the centre, probably represent the five people buried in the tomb. N/A
The upper part of the tomb facade, known as the obelisk Tomb. The obelisks are ascribed to either Egyptian or Indian origin. N/A
The interior of the Obelisk Tomb, looking out from the entrance, the upper level of the structure. The upper story of the structure houses the tomb proper and contains five burial niches. N/A
Two of the five burial niches in the upper level of the tomb N/A
The lower part of the tomb facade, known as the Bab al-Siq Triclinium. The facade of the lower story includes elements from Greco-Roman architecture as well. N/A
Interior of the lower story of Bab al-Siq Triclinium. The bottom story, decorated in a more classical style contains a traditional dining hall for Nabataean funnery rites. In other tombs of the area this feature is substituted with a forerunning dining hall. It is lined by three benches for visitors that included relatives and friends of the deceased. N/A
The stone steps leading from the lower level Triclinium to the upper level Obelisk Tomb. N/A
Ancient inscription in Greek (left) and Nabataean (right) on the wall near the 'Obelisk Tomb' detailing the names of tomb occupants a man named Abdmank and his children. The presence of Greek writing bears testimony to the influence of Hellenistic culture of cosmopolitan Petra. N/A
Latest Update: August 14, 2018
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