The Monastery is a massive, 2-story structure nearly 50 meters tall, carved out of solid rock. The ornate facade is topped by a symbolic funerary urn and the interior consists of a single small hall. Despite its name, this structure is not a monastery. It is believed to have been carved in the 1st century CE to serve as a meeting hall for the cult of Obodas, which elevated the Nabatean King Obodas I to a divinity. It may also have been used as a tomb by the Obodas family.
It is a one-hour hike to the monastery, starting at the foot of Habis Mountain, up a series of paths to the top of the Deir Mountain.