WELCOME TO PETRA MOON VILLAGE
The land and buildings of Petra Moon Village have a long association with the Nawafleh tribe,
Petra and the surrounding countryside.
The site was settled by members of the Nawafleh tribe in the late 1800s, and the villagers used
the abundant stones to build their houses and establish a village. Over the years the village
expanded and the surrounding land was terraced and planted with many fruit and olive trees.
As Wadi Musa developed and expanded so the villagers moved into the town, finally abandoning
the site in 1975.
Subsequently the village was developed into a hotel complex. At that time the Department of
Antiquities carried out several investigations to establish the early history of the site and to
ensure any archaeological features were preserved.
These investigations showed that the earliest remains dated back to the Iron II (Edomite) period
but also indications of the Early and Middle Bronze Age. The site appears to show that the main
occupation started in the Nabatean period – first century BC – and that it has been occupied up
to the present with only a few periods of non habitation. The construction of the buildings in the
1800s reflected a building tradition that had started back in the first century BC. The use of
terraces helped support the buildings and gave the villagers the agricultural land to grow fruit
and olive trees. During the excavations a number of olive presses were found from various
periods, together with remains of hydraulic installations, water channels and a water tank
Today the hotel is under new management by the members of Nawafleh family who also own the
Petra Moon Hotel. From the hotel you can look across the valley and see the terraces built all
those years ago by the family’s ancestors and which today still provide fruit and olives for the
area. All of the buildings on the site are the originals built in the 1800s and brought up to date to
reflect the needs of today’ traveller.
We wish you a pleasant stay.