Rose City of Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh Treasury Petra at Night Jordan
Treasury at Petra at Night
Sig Petra Jordan
Sig - Entrance to Petra, Jordan
Bedouin Girl Petra Jordan
Enterprising Bedouin Girl
- Petra, Jordan
Pat Dunlap Amphitreatre Petra Jordan
Pat at Amphitheatre - Petra, Jordan
Urn Tomb Petra Jordan
Urn Tomb - Petra, Jordan
Wayne Dunlap Riding Donkey Monastery Petra Jordan
Wayne Riding Donkey 
to the Monastery - Petra, Jordan
Wind Blown Ancient Tombs Petra Jordan
Wind Blown Ancient Tombs - Petra, Jordan
Pat 2000 year Old Nabataean Cave Petra Jordan
Pat in 2000-year 
Old Nabataean Cave

Rose City of Petra, Jordan (5/13-14/2010)

AMAZING PETRA! - chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and an UNESCO World Heritage Site!  

Petra was on our travel wish list for a long time. It was a thrill to walk the over mile into Petra and stand in front of the famous Treasury (see photo). The natural wonder of the area is astounding (see photos).

Our first views of Petra was a stunning candlelit night walk to the Treasury called Petra by Night (see photo). Thousands of candles lit the way along the Sig for a very unique experience. 

We followed up the next day with a 10-mile hike throughout Petra visiting the Colonnaded Street, Amphitheatre, Royal Tombs, Outer Siq, Theatre, East Cliff, Petra Church, and rode donkeys up the 800 steps to the incredible Monastery (see photo). 

We also visited Little Petra down the road where the camel caravans actually came through.

Al Khazneh Treasury Petra Jordan
Al Khazneh (Treasury) 
- Petra, Jordan
Petra, meaning rock, dates back to 1200 BC and is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. The impressive entrance, called the Siq (see photo), leads for over a mile down through a sometimes narrow gorge (in places only about 10 feet wide). It is a natural geological feature formed from a deep split in the sandstone rocks and serves as a waterway. 

At the end of the narrow gorge stands Petra's most dramatic view, the Al Khazneh (popularly known as "Treasury"), carved into the sandstone cliff and featured in the 1989 film classic Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Al Khazneh dates back to 56 BC and may have actually been used as either a temple or a tomb.

Little Petra Jordan
Little Petra, Jordan
Some information about why Petra is so special... Enclosed by towering rocks and watered by a natural stream, Petra not only possessed the advantages of a fortress, it controlled the main commercial routes throughout the whole region. 

Bedouin men in Jordan
Bedouins in Jordan
Excavations have demonstrated that it was the ingenious ability of the Nabataeans to control the water supply, creating an artificial oasis, that led to the rise of the desert city. The area experiences flash floods and the Nabataeans controlled these floods by the use of dams, cisterns, and water conduits. These innovations stored water for prolonged periods of drought and enabled Petra to prosper in the vast surrounding desert.

Map of Nabataean Kingdom
Map of Nabataean Kingdom
Some history... Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, Petra reached its zenith 2,000 years ago in the first centuries BC and AD. This once great city grew wealthy enough on the caravan trade to challenge the might of Rome. Petra’s decline started under Roman rule, in large part due to Rome’s revision of land routes away from too powerful Petra as well as the establishment of sea-based trade routes.

Al Khazneh Treasury Petra Jordan
Al Khazneh (Treasury) 
- Petra, Jordan
In 363 an earthquake destroyed many buildings and crippled the vital water management system. Petra remained unknown for centuries, except for local Bedouin inhabitants, to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced to the world by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.

Wayne Dunlap Bedouin Camp Jordan
Wayne in Bedouin Camp - Jordan
See our other post about Jordon:

Staying in a Bedouin Camp in Wadi Rum

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1 comment:

  1. look at those structures simply magnificent i always wish to visit places like this,but while reading your post i feel like i am traveling along with you so thank a lot for such amazing post.


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