Roman Soldier's Tomb

Although predominently of Nabatean style it is (mis)named as Roman because of the stone bust wearing Roman breast armour. The Roman Soldier tomb complex lies further along the road to the High Place.

circa 100 CE

The facade of the Roman Soldier Tomb is similar to the Urn Tomb, including the disk decoration on its small frieze. Higher up the facade, three niches are distributed between the four columns on the front of the monument. Each niche contains a male figure, dressed in military style, hence the name. The facade of the Roman Tomb is about 14 meters.

circa 100 CE

Interior of the tomb holds several niches most probably for the burial purposes and since tombs in Petra were family affairs, this tomb may have belonged to a family as well. It is most likely that the three statues in the facade is a family portrait, with the father in the middle and his sons (or other male relatives) on either side of him.

circa 100 CE

Interior of the tomb with the antechamber to the left. Dating no later than 75 CE, this is the most complete, and one of the richest, funerary complexes in Petra. Because of the grand size of the tomb it is speculated that this tomb would be appropriate for a royal burial, although it is not certain who was interred here.

circa 100 CE

Interior of the antechamber

circa 100 CE

The lintel section on the tomb proper entrance. Recent archaeological evidence has indicated that this well-proportioned facade was probably part of a complex that included in front of it giving an interesting new insight into nabataean architecture, the tomb was accessible through a large courtyard with porticos and two-story buildings on both sides and a triclinium opposite the entrance.


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CityTheatre · Colonnade Street · Nymphaeum · Temenos Gate · Um al-Biyara · Lion Monument · Dam · Columbrium · Um al-Biyara
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Tombsal-Khazneh · Obelisk Tomb · Street of Facades · Urn Tomb · Silk Tomb · Corinthian Tomb · Palace Tomb · Sextus Florentinus Tomb · Turkamaniya Tomb · Roman Soldier's Tomb · Garden Temple Complex · Lion Monument · Lion Triclinium Tombs in Petra
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