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  • Address: Petra, Jordan
  • Admission: Entrance fees to Petra start at 50 JD

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Byzantine Church (Petra Church) Tours

In 1990 American archeologist Kenneth W. Russell discovered the ruins of a Byzantine-era church. Two years later excavation began on the site of what is today simply called Byzantine Church or Petra Church. Originally constructed by the Nabataeans in the middle of the fifth century AD, the church as expanded and remodeled by the Byzantines in the early sixth century.

Today, the awning-covered ruins are most famous for the 750 square feet (70 square meters) of well-preserved mosaics found within. These floor and wall mosaics, added during the Byzantine remodeling of the church, depict humans, birds and animals within geometric frames. 

In 1993 archaeologists discovered a series of carbonized papyrus scrolls dating back to the fourth through sixth centuries AD. Collectively known as the Petra Scrolls, these scrolls represent one of the largest collections of ancient written material ever discovered in Jordan.

Practical Info

The Byzantine Church is located near the Temple of the Winged Lions in the ancient city of Petra.

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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman, Amman, null
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

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No visit to Jordan is complete without a visit to the rose-red city of Petra, one of the wonders of the world. Carved from the pink-hued stone more than 2,000 ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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Petra Day Trip from Amman, Amman, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Petra Day Trip from Amman

Discover Petra’s rock-carved ruins, 'Indiana Jones' filming sites and rich Nabataean history on a day trip from Amman! After traveling south to the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.75

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