If you feel courageous, want to avoid the crowds and get an idea of the size of Petra, he High Place of Sacrifice is where you want to go. Plus you'll discover some less visited monuments by walking back down through Wadi al-Farasa.
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The high place of sacrifice is a high central point in Petra. There is no significant ruin but the view of the landscape and of Petra are stunning.
The view from the High Place of Sacrifice
There is not much to see at the high place of sacrifice, just some features that were used for the sacrifice but the interest of doing yet another hike is the view from up there: the mountains, the valleys and some of Petra’s features can be observed
This is at that time that I realized just how much tombs there was in Petra. Just going through the main path down you only see a very tiny section. But from here you can see them lined up against the rock walls. Plus with my binoculars I was able to discover many more.
Wadi al-Farasa is a canyon behind the high place fo sacrifice that takes you to other monuments. This path is less touristy and very enjoyable with narrow section, stairs and wider paths. Features and monuments include the Lion Fountain, the Garden Temple and the Renaissance tomb.
We sometimes are very closed to the cut rock, admiring the display of colors, which gave me some nice breaks from the stairs that were hurting my calves:
Wadi al-Farasa: the Garden temple complex
The garden temple is not as nicely carved as other monuments in Petra, but it is allowed to get inside providing a new perspective on those structures.
Wadi al-Farasa: The Renaissance Tomb
At the bottom of Wadi al-Farasa is the Renaissance tomb, a clean and tall facade full of colors.
Blooming in Petra
As I exited wadi al-Farasa, more facades appeared and I was lucky that the flowers were blooming. The mixes of pink were hypnothizing.
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