In Search of the Tag Fairy
- Dec 25, 2007
I had thought that walking through the Siq would be an irritation, but I actually rather enjoyed it. The canyon is stunningly beautiful and although there is a bit of an incline, it is just gently sloping rather than the steep canyon I had expected based to what I had read beforehand. We got to end of the Siq much quicker than I had expected. What we found as the canyon started to open up took my breath away. The treasury is pretty much right across from the exit of the Siq and your first view of this is peaking through the opening of the Siq. This has to be seen to be believed. When we got to the square by the treasury, our guide gave us a bit of an introduction and then we were free to walk around for a bit to take photos. The treasury is actually a misnomer. When the site was first discovered, archaeologists believed that this must have been the treasury because it is the biggest and sturdiest building on the site. It is completely carved out of rock. It is now known that what is still referred to as the treasury is actually a tomb for the kings. There is a large central room that was used for ceremonies and the tombs are arranged around this. I was surprised when I realised that this is actually only partially excavated. So far, only the first floor and up has been fully excavated. You can see the ground floor level through a metal grid.