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The infamous Article 308 — a bill that allows rapists to forgo punishment by marrying their victims—was recently repealed by the.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

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.

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.

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 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.

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