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Petra: A fabled city in the rock

The first glimpse of the sunlit edifice of The Khazneh as it comes into view, spectacularly, at the end of the narrow and shady Siq.

Petra: A fabled city in the rock

The ancient city of Petra in Jordan is a stunning place.  This 2000 year old wonder deserves its overused description of ‘a rose-red city half as old as time‘, taken from a poem by John William Burgon.  Petra was established by the pre-Roman Nabateans.  A remarkable feature is that many of the elaborate temples, tombs and other monuments were cut into solid, richly-colored rock.

The Khazneh (Treasury) bathed in candlelight at night

The rise and fall of Petra

The wealth of Petra grew because of the city’s strategic position as a commercial crossroads on important trade routes. As the city flourished from the second century BCE, its buildings became increasingly imposing. Petra fell to the Romans in 106 CE and, although the city continued to thrive for a time, its importance later declined along with the caravan routes on which it depended. Petra was eventually abandoned and fell into centuries of obscurity.

more images and history of Petra, Jordan here

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4 responses

  1. Really cool pic there.

    May 3, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    • thank you 🙂
      makes you wonder if we have really gained in intelligence doesn’t it

      May 3, 2012 at 11:04 pm

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