Turn To Stone

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The Treasury

Petra is the original stone city, not built of stone but what remains today has been carved into the rock faces across a large area.  Like most people I am familiar with the famous facade of the Treasury, if only from the Indiana Jones movie, but had not realised just how large the city is and how many other temples there are.  

We buy a two day ticket and struggle to see everything, but it works out about right.  On the first day we walk up to the "High Place" from where there are tremendous views over the rest of the city and on the next day we walk through the main city and climb the path to the Monastery.  

There is a fair amount of walking involved, the walk down the canyon to the Treasury takes 30 minutes and in July the afternoon temperatures hit the high 30's at least, so it is a long tiring day.  The horse carriages do good business despite being 30JD one way.  We walk it so by the end of the day we are feeling in real need of a cool beer.

Our hotel has the slightly odd name of Petragate (we joke about why they named it after the Blue Peter Petra scandle) but is one of the top rated hostels in Jordan.  Behind reception there is a picture of the owner meeting the Queen of Jordan who visited (she did not stay) to congratulate him on receiving the top hostel award.  The only drawback is that our room is at exactly the same level as the speakers at the mosque so we are woken by the dawn call to prayer each morning. 

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The Treasury
The Treasury
The canyon walk ınto the cıty
The canyon walk ınto the cıty
Vıew down from the Hıgh Place
Vıew down from the Hıgh Place
The Monastery
The Monastery
Vıew over ampıtheatre
Vıew over ampıtheatre
Mosaıc ın church
Mosaıc ın church
Vıew from the maın street
Vıew from the maın street
Temple on the walk down to the cı…
Temple on the walk down to the c…
Petra
photo by: vances