Image of the Week: The Monastery at Petra
This image shows the monastery at Petra. Petra is a historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma'an. It is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.
Established possibly as early as 312 BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most-visited tourist attraction. The Monastery is Petra's largest monument and dates from the 1st century BCE. It was dedicated to Obodas I and is believed to be the symposium of Obodas the god. This information is inscribed on the ruins of the Monastery.