Petra
Jordan, Petra

Located 262 kilometers south of Amman, the Nabatean city of Petra is Jordan's most famous landmark. The English poet and traveler Dean Burgon described Petra with the following words: “Truly unique is this extraordinary miracle, the red-pink city is younger than only time itself.”
More than 2 thousand years ago, Petra was only the place of temporary refuge for nomadic Arabs - Nabataeans, immigrants from the north of the Arabian Peninsula. Starting with several easily defended caves in the rocks of Petra, the Nabataeans gradually turned it into an impregnable fortified city. Petra still forms part of the Bedouin’s possessions. They meet visitors with their horses and camels to make an excursion to the red-pink city truly unforgettable. To get into the city, you need to walk, on horseback or in a chaise to get through the terrible Sik Gorge - a deep collapse in the bulk of Nubian sandstone; It is a narrow aisle winding a kilometer long between overhanging cliffs that almost close at an altitude of over 90 meters. At the end of the path, the Sik gorge gracefully makes the last bend, and from the twilight in all its splendor arises the most impressive palace - al-Khazneh (Treasury). This majestic ancient monument is carved into a single rock and has a height of about 42 m and a width of 30 m. Moving from al-Khazneh to the city center, tourists walk surrounded by hundreds of rock-cut buildings, magnificent temples, royal tombs, small and large residential buildings, tombs and festive halls, water channels and reservoirs, baths, escaping up stairs, places of worship, retail shops, arches, public buildings and cobbled streets. On their way there is a Roman amphitheater carved from stone, which can accommodate 3 thousand spectators. However, Petra is not only the Nabataeans. Only 15 minutes drive from the city are the ruins of the fortifications of the biblical Edomite people, the extensive ruins of the Roman legionnaire fortress in Uzrah, the Stone Age settlements in Beida and Basta dating from the 7th millennium BC. e.

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