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Ad Deir - the Monastery

Ad Deir, "The Monastery" in Arabic, because of the crosses inscribed during its use as church in the Byzantine era, has a monumental dimension (50 m width and 45 m height), with an entrance portal of 8 m, which is the same height of the huge urn sculpted out of the rock, crowning the central tholos. Not a mausoleum but a temple, probably for Obodas I who reigned in the first century BC, and was deified after his death, Ad Deir is a striking example of a Nabatean reinterpretation of Hellenistic motifs.

© Photo: Haupt & Binder

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