Finnish Archaeological Project in Petra

Monastery on the Mount of Aaron. Magnificent and mysterious Petra is known best for its royal tombs cut in soft sandstone. Being the most important tourist site in Jordan today, the city used to serve as the center of trade and agriculture in the area at the crosspoint of great caravan routes. Charred papyri from 513 A.D., found in an excavated church in Petra, mention also a nearby monastery on the Mount of St. Aaron, the high priest and brother of Moses.