In Jordon there are quite a few historic sites that people come from afar to see. Petra is an ancient city located in the middle of the desert with many beautiful buildings that have been carved out of the sandstone rock face. These buildings may be very old, but they are still incredible to look at.
The architecture is quite inspiring and they are all popular tourist attractions. One such building in Petra is the Al Khazneh which is located close to other popular buildings in Petra.
According to the history, Al Khazneh was built in the 1st century AD as a crypt and a mausoleum. It was constructed by the orders of the monarch of the time, Aretas IV Philpatris. The architecture of building along with others from the time has been greatly influenced by the Greek style of construction.
The place was not always called Al Khazneh. It got its name from a legend that once a band of pirates hid their treasure in an urn on the second level of the wall. A lot of people tried to find that treasure. The urn has been visibly damaged by people who shot at it in hopes of spilling out the treasure. But the truth is the urn could never have stored all that treasure because it is solid sandstone.
Another theory as to why the place got its name is that it was used by the Pharaohs during Moses’s time to store their treasure. This placed was used as a treasury by the Pharaohs and that’s why it is called Al Khazneh or the Treasury.
The building is almost two thousand years old and has seen many eras pass by and so many things have been ruined since they were carved out from the cliff. The façade on the wall is still quite beautiful.
There are sculptures of mythological figures associated with the Greek legends decorating the outer wall. You can clearly see the sculptures of Amazons, Castor and Pollux on the entrance. The time had its toll on the architecture and design of the building, but it still stands as a monument to a time long gone by.