Beida (Little Petra)
The agricultural village
It is believed that Little Petra was an important suburb of Petra, the entry and exit point for the trade routes to the north and north-west. Here the caravans from the Negev, Gaza, Jerusalem, Egypt, and the Mediterranean coast arrived, had a rest and engaged in trade. Like in Petra buildings had been carved into the sandstone, used as residences, storages, and tombs along with water channels and cisterns. In one of the buildings, you can find the remains of painted frescoes with birds, grapes, and flowers, dating from the 1st century AD.