The general view of Petra strikes every traveller with admiration. El Deir stands a thousand feet above the level of the City.
This Engraving gives a general representation of the area which opens to the spectator on emerging from the “Chasm” by which he enters on the East.
The view was magnificent, commanding El Ghor and the Wady Arabah, while above him towered the naked majesty of Mount Hor.
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One which most directly meets the eye on entering the City of Petra from the eastward, is the Theatre.
In the valley which conducts to Petra, and which lies outside the “Chasm,” is the chief Cemetery.
This view is taken from the Theatre, and represents the Excavations in the opposite cliffs; and the continuation of the chief eastern entrance to the City.
The architects of Petra had evidently a strong sense of beauty. The City, in its pomp and animation, have formed a combination altogether unrivalled.
It seems to have formed the approach to the Palace, or pile of building in the centre, called by the Arabs Kusr Faron (Pharaoh’s Castle).
The Engraving gives a conception of the manner in which the more serious affairs of the natives are conducted.
The Arch-way in the Engraving, in the lower Roman style, is little more than a heap of stones.