Petra City Carved in Rock

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Petra, the lost city, as the name suggests was once lost and literally carved from the sandstones of southern Jordan. The place enthralls its visitors with some awe-inspiring agricultural, engineering and architectural stone carving skills of the early nomadic Arab tribe, ‘the Nabataeans’. Located at about 3 hours south of Amman, the capital of Jordan, with amazing tombs, amphitheatre, fountains and sacrifice altar, you find mysticism and history in the same place!

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Petra City Carved in Rock

  1. 1. Petra, the lost city, as the name suggests was once lost and literally carved from the sandstones of southern Jordan. The place enthralls its visitors with some awe-inspiring agricultural, engineering and architectural stonecarving skills of the early nomadic Arab tribe, ‘the Nabataeans’. Located at about 3 hours south of Amman, the capital of Jordan, with amazing tombs, amphitheatre, fountains and sacrifice altar, you find mysticism and history in the same place!
  2. 2. Stone carvings are believed to be made by people around 2000 years Sandstone desert cliffs remained unknown to the world until 1812. Archeological evidences reveal thatthey even constructed dams, cisternsand water conduits to store water for prolonged periods of drought Through years the city lost its commercial importance and finally decayed. The place was rediscovered by the Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.
  3. 3. Al-SiqThe main entrance to the Petra City. Approximately one mile long narrow passage ends at themost elaborate ruin, Al Khazneh.
  4. 4. Al-KhaznehWith classical Greek influenced architecture, it is one of the most complex buildings of Petra.
  5. 5. Royal Tombs This comprises three tombs-UrnTomb, Silk Tomb and the Corinthian Tomb. The tombs are built high on the mountain side and requires climbing up a number of flights of stairs.
  6. 6. Byzantine ChurchThis three-aisled basilica was built over Nabataean and Romanremains in 450-500 AD. The monument destroyed byearthquake and major fires was later excavated and restored.
  7. 7. The TreasuryOne of the most elegant remains of theancient world, the Treasury is probably atemple or tomb. The dramatic glimpsesof the Treasury are something that willnever erase from memory.

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