Djinn Blocks

About this place

Djinn Blocks is a fascinating and historical site located in Petra, Jordan. The site was discovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812. Petra, known as the Red City, was once a thriving city of the Nabatean Kingdom and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Djinn Blocks, Petra djinn blocks (by Gerd Eichmann CC BY-SA 4.0)

Tourists are drawn to the Djinn Blocks for their unique and impressive appearance, as well as their historical significance. Visitors often marvel at the intricate carvings and the sheer size of the blocks. The Djinn Blocks are also favored for their stunning views of the surrounding desert and mountains, making them a popular spot for photos and picnics.

History of the Djinn Blocks 

The Djinn Blocks are massive sandstone blocks, carved into various shapes and sizes, giving them a unique and striking appearance. These blocks were used as tombs and were carved by the Nabateans over 2,000 years ago. 

The Djinn Blocks are considered some of the best examples of Nabatean architecture and engineering, and they offer a glimpse into the rich history of Petra.

The road to the Djinn Blocks (by Dosseman CC BY-SA 4.0)

Locals believe these blocks were created to house spirits, to guard both the living and the dead. Djinn is, in fact, the original Genie – the wish-granting magical creature we all know and love. But Arab folklore depicts them as shape-shifting entities, neither good nor evil – that can take control of a person's body for their exploits. The Djinn Blocks were built to appease the spirits, hoping they'll guard their surroundings at night. 

What to See and Do in the Djinn Blocks 

The Djinn Blocks is the first attraction you'll see as you walk into the Petra Archeological Park. Located about 350 meters from the parking lot, right on the main path - this is not a site you'll miss.

Visitors like to take their pictures with these "Genie Apartments", and some hold out their hand to the stone and make a wish, hoping the spirit will be in their favor.