View of the forecourt of Qasr al-Bint
The west side of the Temenos (at the back of the photo) is dominated by an elongated structure, once with a row of columns in front of the walls. In its wide and high apse stood large marble statues that surely represented the Roman emperors Marcus Aurelius (see the sliding image) and Lucius Verus, who ruled together from 161 to 169 AD. The monument of the imperial cult, inaugurated between 165 and 169 AD, was dedicated to both of them, as evidenced by inscriptions and fragments of sculptures. To the right from the apsidal building, a small altar was also erected in Roman times.
On the photo one can see well how large the sacrificial altar on the forecourt of the temple is (right in the picture).
East of the Qasr al-Bint (in the front left of the photo) you can see the ruins of a building complex that belongs to the sanctuary and was built at the same time or a little earlier. Artifacts found there have been dated to before 20 AD. It is believed that ritual banquets were held in the building, which is occasionally called the priest's house.
© Photos, summary: Haupt & Binder, Universes in Universe
El templo principal de Petra es la estructura independiente mejor conservada de la antigua ciudad. Excelente ejemplo de la fusión de elementos grecorromanos y orientales en la arquitectura nabatea.