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Another view of the Great Temple columns, this time looking towards the Winged Lion temple on the other side of the track that traverses the scene. It was only discovered in 1992 when it was just a pile of dirt and collapsed columns, some of which have been reconstructed by archeologists. It was excavated in 1993 by the Brown University of Rhode Island in the USA. The ancient city is noticeably cooler than Wadi Rum at 800m+ elevation. The Great Temple was constructed in the 1st century under the Nabatean king Aretas IV but abandoned in 551 AD after its destruction by an earthquake. Seen here is just a small segment of the Great Temple which covers a large area. There is conjecture about whether this 'temple' was ever used for religious purposes and it is more likely to have been a royal reception hall. More info here:

https://universes.art/en/art-destinations/jordan/petra/great-temple

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Temple_(Petra)

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