Byzantine Church (Petra Church) Tours

Byzantine Church (Petra Church)
Located within the ancient city of Petra, the Byzantine Church (or Petra Church) was first constructed in the fifth century AD, on top of Nabataean and Roman ruins, and expanded in the sixth century AD before being destroyed by fire and earthquakes. It’s still being excavated, but visitors can view its well-preserved mosaics.
 
The Basics
Excavation of the Byzantine Church, discovered by American archaeologist Kenneth Russell in 1990, started two years later and continues to this day. A protective tent covers the three-aisled basilica, measuring about 85 feet (26 meters) by 49 feet (15 meters) and paved with 230 feet (70 meters) of well-preserved mosaic tiles depicting animals real and mythical, nature, and personifications of the seasons, the elements, the ocean, the earth, and wisdom. Fragments of wall mosaic have also been found, as well as examples of marble church furnishings, some of which have been restored.
 
Visit the Byzantine Church and other Petra highlights, such as the Treasury and the Monastery, on a guided tour. Those with more time can take a multi-day tour of top Jordan attractions, including Petra, Jerash, and the Dead Sea. Tours also originate from either Eilat or Tel Aviv in Israel and include single-day and multi-day options.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Wear comfortable, sturdy shoes to explore Petra, as there will be a lot of walking.
  • Bring sun protection and lots of water, especially in the summer.
  • A small café near the Byzantine Church offers snacks and tea.
  • Restrooms are available near the café by the church.
 
How to Get There
The Byzantine Church is located within Petra. It can be found on the north slope of Colonnade Street and to the east of the Winged Lion Temple. From Colonnade Street, it’s about a 10-minute walk uphill to the church.
 
When to Get There
It’s best to visit Petra in the early morning or late afternoon to beat the crowds and the heat. The main area of the Byzantine Church is covered, which provides some respite from the sun and heat.
 
The Petra Scrolls
In 1993, archaeologists found 152 carbonized papyrus scrolls in the church dating to the sixth century AD. Known as the Petra Scrolls, they represent one of the largest collections of ancient writing ever discovered in Jordan. The scrolls are still being deciphered, but they appear to be the records of one extended family living between AD 528 and 582 and include contracts dealing with marriages, dowries, inheritance, and division of property. Some of these documents can be viewed at the Jordan Museum in Amman.
Address: Petra, Jordan
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Private Tour: Petra Day Trip Including Little Petra from Amman

Experience Jordan’s greatest ancient treasure on this private day trip to Petra from Amman. After traveling from Amman to Petra with a private driver, enjoy a 2-hour guided tour of UNESCO-listed Petra: a rock city cut into a sandstone valley some 2,000 years ago. Walk or ride a horse along the Siq entrance canyon, and behold the rose-tinted Treasury, Royal Tombs and more. During your explorations, learn about Petra’s history from your local guide and see lesser-known Little Petra, whose sculpted rock buildings were a suburb of the main city.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Private Petra Day Trip Including Amman Sightseeing

Discover UNESCO–listed heritage and ancient treasures from a lost civilization on this Petra day trip from Amman. Visit the UNESCO–listed city of Petra and delve into deep canyons beneath towering sandstone cliffs with your guide. Admire intricate rock carvings on the mighty facade of the Treasury (Al-Khazneh) and listen as your guide explains their significance. Explore the desert-city on foot and discover top attractions such as the amphitheatre and royal tombs. Then, enjoy free time at your leisure in Petra before your return journey to Amman.
  • Duration: 11 hours
  • Duration: 11 hours
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Private 4-Night Jordan from Amman: Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum

Combine one of the New7Wonders of the World with the Middle East's top attractions on a private 5-day tour of Jordan from Amman. Designed for travelers seeking a personalized experience, this tour covers the historic center of Amman, the ancient city of Jerash, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra, the Dead Sea, and the otherworldly desert landscapes of Wadi Rum. Four nights accommodation, meals and entrance fees as per the itinerary, and airport transfers are included.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Duration: 5 days
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2-Night Jordan Highlights Private Tour with Petra

Visit Jordan’s natural and historic highlights on a two-night tour that explores the Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, and Petra, a rock-cut city carved by the ancient Nabateans. With a private guide to take care of the details you can make the most of your time in Jordan, whether you're floating in super salty water or going off-road in the desert wilderness. All accommodations, entrance fees, and transport are included, as well as dinners and breakfast throughout the tour.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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Private Three Day Tour to Petra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Enjoy ample time to explore glorious Petra on this 3-day private tour from Amman, with hotel accommodation and transport included. On the first day, discover this rock-cut UNESCO World Heritage site, carved 2,000 years ago, on a guided tour, seeing highlights such as the Treasury and Royal Tombs as you learn about their history. Then, the next day, with tips from your guide, delve further into Petra’s wonders and other sites as you wish. Your choice of Petra hotel accommodation, daily breakfasts and dinners, and round-trip private transport, are included.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Duration: 3 days
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