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The Treasury Vista in Petra, Jordan

The Treasury Vista in Petra, Jordan

Photographs and blog post by Iuliana Marchian, Romania

Why is photographing the Treasury Vista in Petra, Jordan on the Snap Spotz: photographer’s bucket list?

The Treasury is one of the iconic places in Petra. Actually, it was the tomb of a Nabataean king. If you want to see the Treasury from a panoramic lookout point (without being packed with camels, donkeys, carriages, tourists, and Bedouin), then the trail to the top of the mountain (1h) will lead you to one of the best photo spots in Petra. However, pay attention because the place is rugged and pretty dangerous but popular among photographers.

Treasury Vista - Iuliana Marchian
Treasury Vista – Iuliana Marchian

When is the best time to snap a photo of the Treasury Vista, Jordan?

Go in the morning. The sun lights the facade of the Treasury only for two hours in the morning (somewhere around 11 a.m. – it depends on season). Better go up to the Treasury Vista in the morning, enjoy a Bedouin tea, and wait for the great sun rays spectacle to reveal that magic place for you.

Treasury Vista - Iuliana Marchian
Treasury Vista – Iuliana Marchian

Where is the best spot to snap a photo of the Treasury Vista, Jordan

The best place to photograph the Treasury Vista is on top of Al-Khubtha Mountain.

You can access Petra only on foot. From Petra’s city center, go to the Royal Tombs and behind the Palace Tomb, you will see an abrupt trail that climbs on top of the mountain. You can hire a Bedouin with a donkey to help you reach the mountain top more quickly. However, don’t ride the donkey on your way down (these animals are pretty fast and you will feel unsecure). You need almost 1 h to get to the top of the mountain and another hour to get down. Add how long you want to spend taking photos of the Treasury. Bedouin tea is available at the stalls on the mountain top.

Please note: the terrain is very steep. YOU SHOULD NOT LEAVE THE MARKED TRAILS.

Tips or recommendations for the Treasury Vista, Jordan

You will pay the entry fee once you enter Petra ancient city. Once you are inside Petra, you can go anywhere without paying any additional money. There are toilets in certain places in Petra – you can see them marked on the map or ask someone (the toilets are tax free).

Wear comfortable shoes. Dress comfortable for a hike.  Take enough water with you – it’s hot!

Al-Khazneh “The Treasury” is one of the most elaborate temples in the ancient Arab Nabatean Kingdom city of Petra. As with most of the other buildings in this ancient town, including the Monastery, this structure was carved out of a sandstone rock face.
The structure is believed to have been the mausoleum of the Nabatean King Aretas IV in the 1st century AD. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in both Jordan and the region. It became to be known as “Al-Khazneh”, or The Treasury, in the early 19th century by the area’s Bedouins as they had believed it contained treasures.



Iuliana Marchian | Authentic Travels

Iuliana Marchian, Romania
Iuliana Marchian, Romania

Camera Settings

Camera Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H300
Camera Settings1/90 sec at f/16, ISO 400
Tripod, filters, wireless remoteNo, it’s hard to find a place to set up a tripod. The place is rugged. 
Photo editing toolPhotoScape
Resources / Apps for preparationNone

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