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Petra-Jordan

The Rose-red city
Undoubtedly the most famous attraction in Jordan is the Nabatean city of Petra, nestled away in the mountains south of the Dead Sea. Petra, which means "stone" in Greek, is perhaps the most spectacular ancient city remaining in the modern world, and certainly a must-see for visitors to Jordan and the Middle East.
The city was the capital of the Nabateans -Arabs who dominated the lands of Jordan during pre-Roman times- and they carved this wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock. The Victorian traveler and poet Dean Burgon gave Petra a description which holds to this day -"Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time." Yet words can hardly do justice to the magnificence that is Petra. In order to best savor the atmosphere of this ancient wonder, visit in the quiet of the early morning or late afternoon when the sandstone rock glows red with quiet grandeur.
For seven centuries, Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesmen. Finally, in 1812, a young Swiss explorer and convert to Islam named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt heard locals speaking of a "lost city" hidden in the mountains of Wadi Mousa. In order to find the site without arousing local suspicions, Burckhardt disguised himself as a pilgrim seeking to make a sacrifice at the tomb of Aaron, a mission which would provide him a glimpse of the legendary city. He managed to bluff his way through successfully, and the secret of Petra was revealed to the modern Western world.
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The Tombs of the Obelisks and the Triclinium
The Tombs of the Obelisks and the Triclinium
The Siq
The Siq
Explore Petra
Explore Petra
First Look....Breathtaking Moments!!!
First Look....Breathtaking Moments!!!
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Entrance
The Entrance
The Desert Guards
The Desert Guards
Eye on Petra the Rose Red City
Eye on Petra the Rose Red City
Rababa
Rababa
Ships of the Desert
Ships of the Desert
Houses of Petra
Houses of Petra
The Monastery
The Monastery
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