Petra, Jordan is an incredible city established as the capital of the Nabataeans in the 6th Century BC. The entire city is carved out of the rock in which it resides. It is really hard to explain- even the photos do not demonstrate the magnitude and beauty of this site- but it is a place every person should visit at some point in his or her life. Imagining the work, cooperation, creativity and dedication it took to build this city is incredible. Seeing it- it is life changing.
It is unbelievable that this entire city was undiscovered to the modern world until the 1800s.
The city is protected by the siq- a long, dark gorge that formed by a deep split in the sandstone rocks. At the end of the siq is the famous Treasury, which you have probably seen photos of if you have ever seen anything about the country of Jordan. As we ourselves approached the siq on our visit to Jordan my heart was literally racing. Thinking back on it now my tears are building. Sharing the experience of PhillyBoy seeing the Treasury for the first time was… spectacular. I love that I was able to share that with him, our friends, and family.
After enjoying the Treasury for several minutes, taking a quick ride on a camel around the front of the Treasury, and learning all about it from our tour guide, we continued on the tour of Petra. Here are just a few of the hundreds of beautiful photos we took of Petra.
Note: Not all of these photos were taken by me. Some were taken by our friends! Please click on each one to see the full photo- I only shared some of the best- and they deserve to be seen full size!!
It is easy to understand why Petra was named as one of the seven new wonders of the world.
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