Petra Travel Blog

 › entry 15 of 15 › view all entries
The Treasury at Petra.

The ancient city of Petra is about two hours North of Aqaba. 2000 years ago Petra was a refuge for nomadic Nabateans who travelled North from Arabia. From a few caves in a rocky outcrop they created Petra as a concealed fortress city.

To reach the city you will travel through the awesome 'siq', a winding, kilometre long fissure between overhanging cliffs. At the end of the Siq, towering in the brightness appears Petra's most impressive monument El Khazneh,'The Treasury'. This massive royal tomb was carved into the side of the mountain out of the solid rock.

Beyond El Khazneh there is a complete city carved from the rock. Soaring temples, elaborate tombs,a Roman theatre and paved streets are there for you to explore. But Petra, with its multi-hued pink rock, is not only about the Nabateans. There are Roman settlements on the same site and, within 15 minutes drive of Petra, there are 8, 000 year old excavated stone age villages at Beidha and Basta.

This is a famous scene from the movie Indiana Jones and Last Crusade.

lildancer79 says:
hi! i really enjoyed reading your blogs on this area of the world--i'm headed there in about six months and can't wait!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2008
mellemel8 says:
i am glad you enjoyed my blogs :) i love the middle east. i would love to visit lebanon one day.
Posted on: Aug 03, 2007
vances says:
OK, so I'm becoming a junkie of your blogs. Saw you mentioned Jordan and I hope to visit there this I got to enjoy your Mid-East ramble here, but also noticed some of your other blogs where we have crossed paths. Will have to check 'em all out over the weekend!
Posted on: Aug 03, 2007
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
photo by: vances