Petra Tombs and Temples
Tombs carved in al-Khubtha mountain are designated ‘royal’ from their magnificence – who but Nabataean kings, it is supposed, would have such grand tombs? But which king was buried in which tomb is unknown.
The vast Palace Tomb is named from its likeness to a Roman palace. Next is the eroded Corinthian tomb, a less aesthetic copy of the Treasury, perhaps made for Malichus II. To its right are some smaller tombs that hardly warrant being called ‘royal’; but one has vivid rock strata, like moire silk – hence its name: the Silk tomb.