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Petra

Petra (from "petra", rock in Greek is an archaeological site in Jordan, lying on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is renowned for its rock-cut architecture. Petra is also one of the new seven wonders of the world. Petra was built by the Nabataeans, a tribal people from the Arabian Peninsula that settled in Jordan about 2,200 years ago.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site.
Sunset at Petra
Sunset at Petra
Sunrise the following morning
Sunrise the following morning
The Obelisk Tomb
The Obelisk Tomb
The As-Siq, a 1,200 Meter Long Slot Canyon Leading into the Main Petra Site
The As-Siq, a 1,200 Meter Long Slot Canyon Leading into the Main Petra Site
The Treasury Building at Petra
The Treasury Building at Petra
Carved in the 1st century B.C. the Treasury building is 30 m wide by 43 m high
Carved in the 1st century B.C. the Treasury building is 30 m wide by 43 m high
Tombs of the lesser ranking Nabataeans
Tombs of the lesser ranking Nabataeans
The Amphitheater
The Amphitheater
The Great Tombs
The Great Tombs
A Camel?
A Camel?
The Hike up to the Monastery
The Hike up to the Monastery
The Monastery
The Monastery
The View out into the desert
The View out into the desert
The Great Tombs
The Great Tombs
The Palace Tomb
The Palace Tomb
The largest of the Royal Tombs
The largest of the Royal Tombs
And finally sunset once more
And finally sunset once more