El Khazneh

El Khazneh

Date probably early 2nd CE

Movement Roman

Located at Petra, Jordan


El Khazneh was likely constructed during the rule of Hadrian or Trajan, the El Khazneh, or Treasury, of Petra, is a well-preserved and beautiful example of distant Roman architecture. Six Corinthian columns support an architrave, upon which additional columns support a broken architrave, between which rises a tholos, atop which rests a finial. Though its name suggests its use as a Treasury, a lack of documentation makes it difficult to determine its actual use; even relief sculptures upon the façade to the cult of Isis could even suggest its use a temple.