Petra is totally unlike anywhere else in Jordan. It is located between the red-hued desert escarpments in the southern heartlands of Jordan. Historicals suppose that this area was first inhabited in the 4th century BC.

Petra was the capital of the thriving Arabian Nabataean civilization. They raised the rock-cut treasuries and temples here to one of the most important trading outposts in the region.

This place attracts Hollywood producers to film movies and popular all over the world blockbusters (i.e like Indiana Jones).

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  • The city got its name from the Greek word “Petros” which means “stones”. The Arabic name is Al-Batra.
  • Petra was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. UNESCO also described Petra as ‘one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage’.
  • Petra is the Greek word for rock.
  • The Arab people of Petra became wealthy and prosperous because of their commercial trade abilities. They did not gain power in the region because of force (war).
  • The nickname is the “pink city” because of the color of the sand and the stones.
  • Only 15 percent is currently being investigated by archaeologists and the remainder has yet to be discovered.
  • There is evidence that settlements were present in Petra in 1550 and 1292 BC.
  • It is a huge city with tombs, monuments and sacred structures, all made of stone cliffs.
  • Petra was used as one of the settings in the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
  • There was enough water to support the 30,000 people that are believed to have inhabited Petra. There was also enough water in this desert region to have lush gardens.
  •  Petra has around 800 carved tombs.
  • Petra is an important junction for the silk and spice trade routes

Temples, tombs, baths, colonnades – the stone city boasts more than 800 ancient monuments, which are evidence that hardworking and talented people lived here.

To see this wonder of the world, you need to overcome several kilometers through the Siq gorge. And you will need to do this on foot. Already here Tripety travelers will be impressed by the sheer cliffs that form the walls of the dark corridor. Once the tourist leaves this place he will see the Al-Khazne palace.

Al-Khazne Palace – one of the main attractions of Petra. It is the tomb of one of the kings of the Nabataean kingdom. The building is carved into a huge rock, has a graceful pediment and towering columns. There is a mystery by this day how the builders of those days had a chance to create such a structure – without scaffolding (there are no trees in this area) and special equipment. There is a version that the Al-Khazne palace was the temple of the goddess Isis.

Walking around the rock with the palace, there is a view of many buildings carved in stone – these are former residential buildings, and stairs, and arches, and even a Roman amphitheater, which once could accommodate about 4,000 spectators.

The city has two archaeological museums, many monuments of biblical chronicles – Mount Aaron, where, according to legend, the high priest died; Valley of Wadi Musa; source of Ain-Musa (Moses). Here Tripety travelers can also see Kazr al-Bint – the main temple of the Nabataean kingdom.

Another attraction that strikes in its beauty is the monastery of Ad-Deir, which is located on the top of a cliff. The building is about 45 meters high and 50 meters wide. The monastery has only one room and a staircase that leads to a niche. Once there were columns in the square in front of Ed Deir, and various religious ceremonies were held here. Opposite the monastery, there is a cafe that was organized for tourists so that they could hide in the shade and enjoy the beauty of antiquity with a cool drink.

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