Ancient Ruins Alert – I Want to See Petra!

by Keira on February 23, 2012

in Featured, Jordan, Middle East, Travel Bucket List, Travel Destination Ideas

Like Machu Picchu, Petra was unknown to the Western world until it was rediscovered in 1812. The word petra means stone in Greek. Apropos is it not for a city literally carved out of the cliff face?

It was built by the Nabataeans sometime around 6 BC as a capital of their state and the center of their caravan trade route. It’s location gave the Nabataeans control over many trade routes that went west to Egypt, north to Syria, to the Red Sea, to the Dead Sea, and the Persian Gulf.

What made Petra possible at all was water. The area saw flash floods (and drought). The Nabataeans built an artificial oasis by controlling the water and it’s spread through the city. They used a combination of dams, water conduits, and cisterns to hold and distribute the water. Supplying visitors and city dwellers gave the city a source of income it wouldn’t have had otherwise in the desert.

Monastery at Petra

Monastery at Petra

First Glimpse of Petra

First Glimpse of Petra

The Petra Theatre, built by the Nabataeans and expanded by the Romans

The Petra Theatre, built by the Nabataeans and expanded by the Romans

At the end of the Siq of Petra you find the ancient Treasury.

The ancient Treasury.

The Monastery (Al Dier), Petra, Jordan

The Monastery (Al Dier), Petra, Jordan

Royal Tombs at Petra: (Left) Palace Tomb, (Right) Corinthian Tomb

Royal Tombs at Petra: (Left) Palace Tomb, (Right) Corinthian Tomb

The view up here of Petra is fabulous!

The view up here of Petra is fabulous!

Rock Cut Tombs at Petra.

Rock Cut Tombs at Petra.

The Great Temple in Petra, Jordan

The Great Temple in Petra, Jordan

The Khazneh is the first to greet the visitors.

The Khazneh is the first to greet the visitors.

Isn’t it amazing? I can’t wait for a chance to go see Petra!

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1 Karin February 27, 2012 at 9:15 am

I think this would be amazing to visit. We were so close, but so far!

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2 Keira March 1, 2012 at 12:06 am

Haha – don’t I know it! Just on the other side of the Dead Sea practically!

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