Petra (3) al khazneh (the Treasury) - JORDAN

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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.

10 responses

  • Ricardo Ramos

    Ricardo Ramos said (18 Jan 2010):

    oh cool, thats where they filmed Transformers 2

  • Karen Foto Fiddler

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

    wondeful compo with the camel in front of that majestic structure!

  • Joel Mcafee

    Joel Mcafee (Deleted) gave props (29 Mar 2010):

    Such beauty !!!

  • Pete Jeffers

    Pete Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (31 Mar 2010):

    Excellent composition, wonderful shot

  • John Smith

    John Smith (Deleted) gave props (6 Apr 2010):

    Very nice,...I would love to see this in person,...

  • MARCO MEYO

    MARCO MEYO   gave props (12 Nov 2010):

    Beautiful Shot!.... well done!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton   gave props (19 Dec 2010):

    Awesome, that is what our deserts are missing - Camels!!! I hope one day in my life I get to ride one

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (21 Dec 2010):

    What a shot...Love the guys camel decorated in the custom as well as the closer shot of the magnificent place.

  • ikrema al qudah

    ikrema al qudah said (22 Dec 2010):

    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.

  • Lester Baird

    Lester Baird said (10 Feb 2011):

    Love these historical photo, make you think of the Indiana Jones and Tomb-Raider movie with the eerie feel in the photo. Also love seeing photo, you may not get to see in a life time as the are in remote places etc... Beautiful Photo.. Thanks :)

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