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Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

By Antipodeanblog
I've wanted to visit Petra ever since watching Indiana Jones as a kid. The idea of a mysterious, ancient city carved directly into rock thousands of years ago by a lost civilization (the Nabataeans) and forgotten by the western world until two hundred years ago is too exciting to be true, surely?
Petra is Jordan's #1 attraction by a long shot - and the entrance fee alone is £50. But the moment you glimpse the famous Treasury at the end of a kilometer of a twisting canyon, you realize it'd be worth ten times that. My words can't do it justice, so here are the photos.

Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

The quintessential Petra photo at the end of the siq.

Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

The Treasury in all its glory.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

From further back, you realize just how incredible the carving into sheer cliff face really is.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

But there's more to Petra than the Treasury. We were there from sunrise until sunset.

Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

The royal tombs.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

One of many merchants at Petra.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

Not enough people visit the Monastery, setting of the final scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, because it's up several hundred steps. Having climbed Mt Sinai the day before, we opted for the less strenuous ascent - by donkey.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

Michael, Paul and I at the top of the climb, with the royal tombs visible in the distance.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

Dwarfed by the gigantic Monastery.


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

A daredevil leaping across the Monastery. (Paul shrieked).


Petra: The Rock City (in Photos)

Some locals by the royal tombs, on the way back.


My day at Petra was one of my best days travelling, anywhere. It trumps anything I saw in Egypt. If I could have stayed longer, I would have. I really can't rave enough.
Tip: do not join one of those tours where they come here just for a few hours before lunch!

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COMMENTS ( 1 )

By  Imponderabilia
posted on 26 November at 17:40
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Beautiful pictures, I love Petra! I was there two years ago on excavation, and I actually remember some of the Bedouin in your pictures!

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