The Great Temple
The “Great” Temple Complex represented one of the major archaeological and architectural components of central Petra. Since 1993 archeologist from Brown University have been excavating this temple precinct. These investigations are conducted under the auspices of the department of Antiquates of Jordan.
With its red-and-white-succeed exterior, the ‘Great Temple’ must have had a dramatic impact when set against its rose-red environment. The style and quality of the Temple’s elaborate floral friezes and acanthus-laden limestone capital suggest that the sanctuary was constructed by the end of the first century BCE by the Nabataean, who combined their native traditions with the classical spirit.