Discover One Of The World’s Most Famous Archaeological Site – The Lost City
Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.
Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.
It has to be seen to be believed. Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
The town is now a wilderness inhabited by members of the Bedouin Tribe and visiting tourists. Many of its magnificent buildings have survived as they were carved from the sandstone valley sides. These buildings are decorated in great detail and clearly show how technologically advanced the Nabataei people were.
The most impressive building is called the ‘Treasury’. Anyone visiting Petra will not fail to be impressed at its sight as they come out of the gorge into the open valley. It is an immense size and eight/nine people stood shoulder to shoulder can pass through its only entrance without any difficulty. The rooms are very large and they are perfectly carved out of the sandstone (cuboid in shape).
It is not permitted for motorized vehicles to enter the site. But if you don’t want to walk, you can hire a horse or a horse-drawn carriage to take you through the one kilometre Siq (Entrance to the City). For the elderly and/or handicapped, the Visitors’ Centre, close to the entrance of the Siq, will issue a special permit (at an extra fee), for the carriage to go inside Petra to visit the main attractions. Once inside the site, you can hire a donkey, or for the more adventurous, a camel – both come with handlers and take designated routes throughout the site.
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