Petra, Jordan

Photos taken by David Stanley in the ancient Nabataean archaeological sites of Petra and Little Petra in southern Jordan.
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These Jordanian school girls visiting Petra are having a good day.

The infamous Article 308 — a bill that allows rapists to forgo punishment by marrying their victims—was recently repealed by the.

Al-Madbah, the High Place of Sacrifice at Petra, Jordan, offers sweeping views.

Al-Madbah, the High Place of Sacrifice at Petra, Jordan, offers sweeping views.

Access to Ad-Dayr (the Monastery) is up a winding 800-step stone stairway along Wadi ad-Dayr, a dry riverbed at Petra, Jordan.

Access to Ad-Dayr (the Monastery) is up a winding stone stairway along Wadi ad-Dayr, a dry riverbed at Petra, Jordan.

The Colored Triclinium at Petra, Jordan, is unique for the architectural decorations carved into the striated sandstone. It originally served as a funerary banqueting hall.

The Colored Triclinium at Petra, Jordan, is unique for the architectural decorations carved into the striated sandstone. It originally served as a funerary banqueting hall.

Water once gushed from the open mouth of the lion in the Lion Fountain on the Wadi al-Farasa processional route at Petra, Jordan.

Water once gushed from the open mouth of the lion in the Lion Fountain on the Wadi al-Farasa processional route at Petra, Jordan.

Local Bedouins use donkeys for tourist transportation at Petra, Jordan.

Local Bedouins use donkeys for tourist transportation at Petra, Jordan.

The Colonnaded Street at Petra, Jordan, was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, replacing an earlier Nabataean street. In its day it was lined with shops trading goods from India, Arabia, and Africa.

The Colonnaded Street at Petra, Jordan, was built by the Romans in the 2nd century AD, replacing an earlier Nabataean street. In its day it was lined with shops trading goods from India, Arabia, and Africa.

Well-preserved floor mosaics line both side aisles of the late 5th century Byzantine church at Petra, Jordan.

Well-preserved floor mosaics line both side aisles of the late 5th century Byzantine church at Petra, Jordan.

These camels on the Outer Siq at Petra, Jordan, are waiting to be hired by tourists.

These camels on the Outer Siq at Petra, Jordan, are waiting to be hired by tourists.

The ceiling in the 1st century AD Bayda Painted Biclinium at Little Petra, Jordan, is decorated with grape vines, flowers, birds, and cherubic figures influenced by Roman mythology.

The ceiling in the 1st century AD Bayda Painted Biclinium at Little Petra, Jordan, is decorated with grape vines, flowers, birds, and cherubic figures influenced by Roman mythology.

Little Petra, 9 km north of the main Nabataean site at Petra, Jordan, contains similar stone-cut structures. This Triclinium banqueting hall was used for organized feasting.

Little Petra, 9 km north of the main Nabataean site at Petra, Jordan, contains similar stone-cut structures. This Triclinium banqueting hall was used for organized feasting.

In the 12th century a small Crusader Castle was built on Jebal al-Habis behind the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan. Not a lot remains today.

In the 12th century a small Crusader Castle was built on Jebal al-Habis behind the ancient Nabataean city of Petra, Jordan. Not a lot remains today.

The 1st century AD Renaissance Tomb at Petra, Jordan, gets its name from the elegant facade framed by Nabataean engaged pilasters and with three funerary urns on the gable.

The 1st century AD Renaissance Tomb at Petra, Jordan, gets its name from the elegant facade framed by Nabataean engaged pilasters and with three funerary urns on the gable.

The Soldier's Tomb at Petra, Jordan, gets its name from the figure of a military officer in the central niche. The tomb was built in the late 1st century AD Nabataean period and later remodeled by the Romans.

The Soldier's Tomb at Petra, Jordan, gets its name from the figure of a military officer in the central niche. The tomb was built in the late 1st century AD Nabataean period and later remodeled by the Romans.

The Garden Hall on the Wadi al-Farasa processional route at Petra, Jordan, faced a garden in antiquity.

The Garden Hall on the Wadi al-Farasa processional route at Petra, Jordan, faced a garden in antiquity.

The facade of Ad-Dayr, the Monastery, high above Petra, Jordan, is crowned by a huge urn. This early 2nd century AD tomb was reused as a church in Byzantine times.

The facade of Ad-Dayr, the Monastery, high above Petra, Jordan, is crowned by a huge urn. This early 2nd century AD tomb was reused as a church in Byzantine times.

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