Hershel Shanks

The Colonnaded Street, so-called because it was once lined with double rows of tall pillars, runs through the center of Petra from east to west. Flanked on one side by shops and on the other by the Wadi Musa, the 20 foot wide street was Petra’s main thoroughfare. At its western end, seen here, is the Temenos Gate or the triple monumental gate, one of the few remaining structures in Petra which is made from stone blocks rather than carved from natural rock.