The Treasury. Petra. Jordan.
Petra. Jordan. The Hellenistic elegant facade of the world famous Treasury building dramatically appears at the end of the narrow walls of the Siq at the Red Rose city of Petra. The Treasury dates to around the 1st century BC and is believed to be commissioned by the Nabatean king Aretas III. The King was a lover of all things Greek and he brought architects from the Greek Mediterranean world to Petra to help craft the building. Carved out of solid rock, the building rises 43 meters high and was used as a royal tomb and not as a treasury.