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Petra photos - Walking the Ancient city in Jordan

These are Petra pictures from the main walk around the ancient city, from tne entrance, to the Siq and through that gorge to "The Treasury" aka "Al Khazneh" (often 'Al Khaznah'), and then continuing through the main streets of the city.     We had left the Nile group after the first week and went onto the Sinai Peninsula for the 2nd week and ended with a week in Jordan where there are a lot of historic biblical and Roman sites.     I've also started a draft-preview page on just 2 Egypt sights, done before starting the actual galleries (someday).  That's an interior wall of the Treasury building (used in the Indiana Jones film) behind me

    Unfortunately, we would have needed a 2nd day to see the famous Monastery high up, after beginning the day at 9:15am and walking back to the hotel at 4:45pm.

    Our energetic Jordan guide, Waleed Ayoub, chose our Petra guide, Sami Al-Nawafleh, who as a lead archeologist for the excavations underneath the Petra Treasury building, filled our heads with a lot of good info not found in most Petra tour books.  This traces our steps through what was once a bustling center.
    Those who've enjoyed Petra might enjoy early views of Petra in drawings done by David Roberts and two others before Petra was restored, compared with pictures of Petra as it is today

    Here is some background on the founders of Petra, The Nabataeans (also spelled "Nabateans").

    The pictures here were taken with the Canon SX10 IS.  
    Eventually will upload three weeks of photos from a quite active trip to Egypt and Jordan

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Drawing  of the (fallen) arch by David Roberts
Drawing of the (fallen) arch by David Roberts
This is where the arch used to be.
This is where the arch used to be.
The Djinn Blocks - earliest primitive private tombs
The Djinn Blocks - earliest primitive private tombs
A bit further on down, caves w/ designs
A bit further on down, caves w/ designs
Tomb of the Obelisks (top) and The Triclinium
Tomb of the Obelisks (top) and The Triclinium
Obelisks portion extracted
Obelisks portion extracted
It's the first Petra-like structure seen  as you walk toward the Siq.
It's the first Petra-like structure seen as you walk toward the Siq.
Near the top - I have no idea how this was used
Near the top - I have no idea how this was used
First view of the Siq or Petra gorge
First view of the Siq or Petra gorge
Sami Nawafleh, archaeologist and our guide
Sami Nawafleh, archaeologist and our guide
These eroded niches once had sculptures (usually of gods)
These eroded niches once had sculptures (usually of gods)
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Very peaceful and relaxing walk
Very peaceful and relaxing walk
It is just a gorgeous place.
It is just a gorgeous place.
A cataclysmic event split the mountain
A cataclysmic event split the mountain
At far end, a walker shows height  of sides
At far end, a walker shows height of sides
Original Roman stone steps long under sand (2,000 yrs)
Original Roman stone steps long under sand (2,000 yrs)
Play of light can have extreme effects. Niches w/ remnants of sculptures
Play of light can have extreme effects. Niches w/ remnants of sculptures
Some are like chocolate fudge
Some are like chocolate fudge
A shrine of some sort at bottom left
A shrine of some sort at bottom left
One set of boys closer up
One set of boys closer up
And another grouping
And another grouping
Very creature-like.  I love the surface.
Very creature-like. I love the surface.
Surrounded
Surrounded
Invaders on horses often had to go almost single file.
Invaders on horses often had to go almost single file.
Joined by a partial form from the past
Joined by a partial form from the past
rock crop
rock crop
First glimpse of The Treasury, thru narrowest  opening - columns in lower portion
First glimpse of The Treasury, thru narrowest opening - columns in lower portion
The sight discombobulated me into a dream state
The sight discombobulated me into a dream state
Sami enjoys guidee's first reaction to Petra City.
Sami enjoys guidee's first reaction to Petra City.
There it is
There it is
And a bit closer up
And a bit closer up
Bumpy carriages do the return trip most.
Bumpy carriages do the return trip most.
Another view from the opening
Another view from the opening
Camels also await those for the trip back.
Camels also await those for the trip back.
Petra plaza through Sami's eyeglasses
Petra plaza through Sami's eyeglasses
The Treasury, or Al-Khaznah - wider shot
The Treasury, or Al-Khaznah - wider shot
Sandstone mountan  from which Al-Khazneh is carved.  1st Century
Sandstone mountan from which Al-Khazneh is carved. 1st Century
The Plaza - the white is from the hot sun
The Plaza - the white is from the hot sun
Plaza - carriage horse
Plaza - carriage horse
A guide compares Petra past w/ what they're seeing, Using David Robert's Yr-1839 drawings
A guide compares Petra past w/ what they're seeing, Using David Robert's Yr-1839 drawings
Plaza camels are the kissing kind.  (Used full 20x zoom.)
Plaza camels are the kissing kind. (Used full 20x zoom.)
Mary Ann and Sami in front of The Treasury
Mary Ann and Sami in front of The Treasury
Mary Ann and Sami cropped from previous shot
Mary Ann and Sami cropped from previous shot
Close-up of the archeologist-guide
Close-up of the archeologist-guide
What's inside?   No holy grail today, but it's beautiful
What's inside? No holy grail today, but it's beautiful
Sami's  project
Sami's project
Found under the Treasury ! What was it?
Found under the Treasury ! What was it?
The Khazneh from another angle
The Khazneh from another angle
At the huge doorway, a glimpse of the interior
At the huge doorway, a glimpse of the interior
Eroded sculpture of horse and horseman at the right
Eroded sculpture of horse and horseman at the right
Getting closer to the humongous doorway
Getting closer to the humongous doorway
My turn to see the room - shot by Mary Ann
My turn to see the room - shot by Mary Ann
Taken inside at ISO 100 - the real colors
Taken inside at ISO 100 - the real colors
Closer look at the door to ...
Closer look at the door to ...
The wall on the right
The wall on the right
Composed in book form style - ISO 200
Composed in book form style - ISO 200
On the way to see the ancient city
On the way to see the ancient city
This is the start of it - The Outer Siq
This is the start of it - The Outer Siq
Many horses, donkeys, and camels await riders.
Many horses, donkeys, and camels await riders.
Behind me, a camel for tired tourists
Behind me, a camel for tired tourists
Blurred from camera movement
Blurred from camera movement
Blur, close up.  I kinda liked this inadvertent effect  :-)
Blur, close up. I kinda liked this inadvertent effect :-)
I loved looking at those camels.
I loved looking at those camels.
The start of The Street of Facades
The start of The Street of Facades
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At the right isThe Tomb of the 17 Tombs
At the right isThe Tomb of the 17 Tombs
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Tomb of the 17 Tombs, with its colors again, from the front
Tomb of the 17 Tombs, with its colors again, from the front
On the Street of Facades
On the Street of Facades
Is that a sweetie?
Is that a sweetie?
The theater
The theater
To the left of the theater, many tombs
To the left of the theater, many tombs
Amazing colors of the rock
Amazing colors of the rock
Sami and a colleague. Monumental Gateway further down.
Sami and a colleague. Monumental Gateway further down.
The Royal Tombs, from the Colonnaded Street
The Royal Tombs, from the Colonnaded Street
A vendor who knew Sami's mother
A vendor who knew Sami's mother
Closer up
Closer up
After going through the Monumental Gate
After going through the Monumental Gate
The Qusr el Bint al-Faraoun - The House of the Daughter of Pharoah
The Qusr el Bint al-Faraoun - The House of the Daughter of Pharoah
Petra transport, resting
Petra transport, resting
Lunch break away from that hot sun
Lunch break away from that hot sun
For visitors who wanted a ride back
For visitors who wanted a ride back
Behind us, the Royal Tombs:  Palace Tomb on the left,  the Corinthian next to it
Behind us, the Royal Tombs: Palace Tomb on the left, the Corinthian next to it
The Urn Tomb is in the background, strange rock formation in front
The Urn Tomb is in the background, strange rock formation in front
Closer up (same picture - note the colorful ceiling of the opening)
Closer up (same picture - note the colorful ceiling of the opening)
The ceiling inside
The ceiling inside
Closeup taken of the rock formation's side facing us
Closeup taken of the rock formation's side facing us
Also from the ceiling shown earlier from a distance
Also from the ceiling shown earlier from a distance
A burro in his Petra surroundings
A burro in his Petra surroundings
The coloring of the striations shows up inside also.  See middle area.
The coloring of the striations shows up inside also. See middle area.
Closer up - Swirls of pastel-like color in the larger version
Closer up - Swirls of pastel-like color in the larger version
Turned a corner to see this very different scene
Turned a corner to see this very different scene
Exposure was made for the sandstone this time.
Exposure was made for the sandstone this time.
Sweet look. This was a rare one not set up for riding.
Sweet look. This was a rare one not set up for riding.
Going back up to the Treasury
Going back up to the Treasury
Wider view
Wider view
Different perspective from when walking down
Different perspective from when walking down
Wider view.  Will delete one of them
Wider view. Will delete one of them
Detail from Tomb of 17 Tombs set seen earlier
Detail from Tomb of 17 Tombs set seen earlier
That gold-color door again
That gold-color door again
Room at the top
Room at the top
Crop of odd top section
Crop of odd top section
Back up the main road to Al Khazneh
Back up the main road to Al Khazneh
Here it is, at dusk, 5 hours later.
Here it is, at dusk, 5 hours later.
That expressive guide  again, for a  large group we saw
That expressive guide again, for a large group we saw
Taken at 10x  - I never did see him open the package
Taken at 10x - I never did see him open the package
Just a nice moment at the Treasury steps.  From cafe across the way.
Just a nice moment at the Treasury steps. From cafe across the way.
At the cafe across from Al Khazneh
At the cafe across from Al Khazneh
Petra cleft entrance/exit.  FromTreasury bldg.  (From videoclip)
Petra cleft entrance/exit. FromTreasury bldg. (From videoclip)
Affectionate camel, closer up
Affectionate camel, closer up
Siq again - The elephant-like creature again
Siq again - The elephant-like creature again
Carriage coming through.
Carriage coming through.
On way back, the shrine, or votive stele, again
On way back, the shrine, or votive stele, again
The votive stele, closer up
The votive stele, closer up
Exiting the Siq soon
Exiting the Siq soon
Blurred - Officer from Petra plaza
Blurred - Officer from Petra plaza
Back to the larger road
Back to the larger road
Djinn blocks seen earlier
Djinn blocks seen earlier
Intro and End-credits for  Petra
Intro and End-credits for Petra
At entrance, colored-sand art in bottles
At entrance, colored-sand art in bottles
The Visitors Center area just beyond.
The Visitors Center area just beyond.