The Urn Tomb

The Urn tomb derived its name from the jar that crowns the pediment. Also called by the bedouin al-Mahkamah (court of justice) it was probably constructed around 70 CE. High up in the facade there are 3 niches which give on to small burial chambers, but which was adapted in 446 CE to serve as a Byzantine church.

Date Landscape Notes Reference
The facade of the so called Urn tomb, suggested to beling to the Nabataean King Malchus II who died in 70 CE. The vaults supporting the terrace as-sun (prison) – perhaps myth, or reflecting a later use. N/A
The facade of the tomb with three burial niches. The central niche covered by remains of a slab showing a man in a toga. N/A
The interior of the tomb, the three apses in the rear wall were constructed when the tomb was converted in to a church in year 446 CE N/A
The interior of the tomb, looking towards the main entrance N/A
The tomb is preceded by a deep courtyard with colonnades on two sides. The columned porticos line both sides of the courtyard. N/A
Although exact purpose of these arched chambers is unknown but these might had been used as burial chambers in the sacred precinct. N/A
The floor plan of the tomb N/A
Latest Update: July 07, 2015