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The Lost city of Petra!!

Updated: Jun 15, 2020


Introduction to Jordan 🇯🇴

Jordan is an Arab kingdom originally known as ‘The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan’. It is being bordered by Saudi Arabia to the east and south, Iraq to the northeast, Syria to the north, Israel, Palestine and the Dead Sea to the west, Red Sea to the south-west. Amman is the official capital of the country. Jordanian dinar is the official currency of the country.


PETRA

Petra is more than 2000 years old, although it was not known precisely when it was built, the city began to prosper from the first century BC as the capital of the Nabataean Empire. It experienced a huge earthquake in 363AD which destroyed almost all of the city. By the half of 7th century Petra appears to have been largely deserted and then it was all lost except the local Bedouin from that area.


Mother with our tour guide Mr Hamza


In 1812, a Swiss explorer named Johannes Burckhardt rediscovered Petra. Dressed as an Arab he convinced his Bedouin guide to take him to a tour of the lost city. Later it became very much known in the west as a beautiful ancient city and attracted many visitors as it continues to do so today. It is known as the ‘Rose-red city’, the ñame it gets from the colour of the rocks through which many structures were carved. The Nabataeans buried the dead in the tombs. Most of the structures and monuments including The Treasury are preserved till date. There is so much to see and learn in petra, each time you visit you’ll discover something new.



From the Nabataeans through the present day, Camels, Horses, Donkeys & Mules have worked in Petra, camels were the backbone of merchant trade, Arabian horses bred by the Bedouin have been used in war, racing, etc. Donkeys and miles have been carrying goods & loads for household work for years.


THE SIQ


The Siq: It‘s a narrow gorge, which has been resulted through the natural splitting of the mountains, leads you to Petra. It is over one kilometre long until you find The Treasury. As you walk through the siq, you will find two rock-carved water channels run along both sides. On the way through the siq, you will find several Nabataeans carved stones known as BAETYLS.





The Treasury: Siq opens up to this magnificent facade, also known as AL KHAZNA which is almost 40 metres high. Each design and carved stone even the pillars of this treasury carry meaning and reason. Being it a mystery, it is still believed that The Treasury is to be the mausoleum to the Nabataeans King Aretas IV (9 BC - 40 AD).


THE TOMB


Carved at the foot of the high place of sacrifice, is the theatre that consists of three sections of seating rows with different passageways. In all 7 stairways which can accommodate 4000 audiences. Other attractions of Petra are the Nymphaeum which is located near the junction of Wadi Musa & Wadi Al Matcha. It is shaded by a wild pistachio tree around 450 years old. Then there are Royal Tombs which are four magnificent adjoining facades at the end of the central route through the city after the treasury. The Urn Tomb, the Silk Tomb, the Corinthian tomb & the Palace monument are the four royal tombs in the city. There is an ancient church which was built around the end of the fifth century AD, the Colonnaded street, Great Temple, Qasr al bint (main temple of Petra which has a flight of 26 marble steps and it is believed that Al Uzza/ Aphrodite & Baal shaman were the main Gods of this temple.


HIGH PLACE OF SACRIFICE


The High Place of Sacrifice is a rectangular courtyard with benches, which were used for placing the baetyl (Nabataean carved stones) on. Also has a carved circular basin or space between of the are to receive the blood of sacrificed animals and water basic for purifications. Ad-Dayr/ The Monastery is another largest monument in Petra up to 47m wide and 51m high. It dates back during the reign of the king Rabel II. It is quite similar to the Treasury.


Well, guys so I would like to suggest you visit Petra At least once in your lifetime as it is one of the new wonders. You won’t be short of any services as there soft drinks, hot food (basic & Nabataean restaurant), toilets and of course guiding services available with a few museums as well. It takes approximately 2-2.5 hours to go and return till the treasury with a distance of 4.3 kms/2.7 miles (one-way walk) till the end of Petra which is the Qasr Al Bint temple.



Me and my Mother.



              - 𝚃𝙷𝙰𝙽𝙺 𝚈𝙾𝚄 𝙰𝙽𝙳 𝙰𝙻𝙻𝙰𝙷 𝙷𝙰𝙵𝙸𝚉 𝚄𝙽𝚃𝙸𝙻 𝙼𝚈 𝙽𝙴𝚇𝚃 𝙱𝙻𝙾𝙶 .. !! 



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