Petra

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THE ROSE RED CITY, HALF AS OLD AS TIME

The archaeological site at Petra is awesome.   I saw all of the major sites and hiked virtually all the major trails.  The hiking is impressive - lots of intense hill climbing.  The weather was gorgeous (mid-70's, clear, and sunny), but the wind howled through the Siq - I could almost feel the spirits of the ancient Nabataeans riding their horses through the canyons.

The ancient city of Petra was the capital of the Nabataean kingdom and an important trading center from late 400 BC to early AD 200. The Nabataeans, an Arab people, carved the city into rock 2,000 years ago.

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Click on the map for a larger clickable map with links to pictures of the relevant monuments. Map of Petra site (4979 bytes)

Entering the site, with Djinn (Spirit) Blocks on the left

The entrance to the Siq The Siq

Entering the site

Entrance to the Siq The Siq


Walking down the Siq


Walking down the Siq

The Kazneh, viewed from the entrance of the Siq

Walking down the Siq

In the Siq

Kazneh through the Siq


The Kazneh, or "Treasury" (you may recognize this from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade )

Detail of the front of the Kazneh

The Kazneh, viewed from the cliffs above

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Kazneh detail

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Me!  (standing in front of the Kazneh)

Camel (available for hire!)

Street of Facades.  The canyon is fringed by buildings of all types carved into the stone.

Chris

Camel

Cliff buildings

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