Petra (1) the Siq- JORDAN

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Petra
Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.

Petra the world wonder, is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

The Treasury or 'Al-Khazneh'.
Entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1 kilometre in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80 metres high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury).

This is an awe-inspiring experience. A massive façade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink, rock-face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people.

5 responses

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (22 Jan 2010):

    Having the people in this shot is very nice as it shows the enormity of the cliffs.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    Great contrast showing the Men and Nature !!!!!! Lovely :)

  • Clinton Brentwood Lee

    Clinton Brentwood Lee said (20 Feb 2010):

    Awesome!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (21 Dec 2010):

    What a great series..Thank You for sharing them with us..

  • sereen alqdah

    sereen alqdah gave props (6 Feb 2011):

    amazing pic

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