Carved Djinn Blocks. Petra. Jordan.
Petra. Jordan. View of one of the three Djinn or spirit blocks that confront tourists on the modern gravel path that winds down through the Bab al-Siq - Gate of the Siq. The carved cube shaped blocks date from around the 1st century and according to Nabatean tradition were the dwelling place of the spirits guardians. The vast ancient rose red city of Petra is the ancient home of the Kingdom of Nabataeans who settled here there more than two thousand years ago.