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“A beautifully restored merchant's house in the heart of the village”

Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Petra
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Owner description: This is a 17th century Turkish merchant's house, recently renovated and now open to the public. Petra's #2 sight after the church
Reviewed 7 November 2012

It's quite easy to miss this superb house when walking around the back streets of Petra, as indeed we had for the first few days in the resort. There's small plaque on the outside wall and that's it. We visited at the end of our first week in Petra, admission is just €2 and for this, we were treated to a beautifully restored 18th century house, complete with much of the furniture that would have graced it back in those days.

The ground floor is just two large rooms and these were used mainly for storage. The first floor is accessed via a wooden staircase which opens out into a large central floor area, around which several rooms are laid out, these being where the occupants lived, ate and slept. It is the house of a wealthy person, there's no doubt about that. The walls are decorated with fine carvings, murals and frescoes, the benches, which also doubled up as beds, are covered with expensive fabrics. The ceilings are hand-carved and ornate and the two front rooms have balconies which extend outwards beyond the footprint of the building.

Once inside, most of the noise from the village is excluded, and this makes it easier to take in all that is on show. As with many of the island's top sights, when we visited, we were the only people there, so we were able to see into every nook and crannie. The upstairs rooms are not open to visitors, but they are only barred by a rope so it's easy to see inside without any obstructions.

We spent half an hour inside looking around and would recommend this lovely house as a "must see" to anyone who visits Petra.

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