Understanding Jordan: The Rose city of Petra
Petra, AKA the Rose City, one of the seven wonders of the modern world, is undeniably on the “must visit” list of all travelers to Jordan. As a city that holds so much appeal and prestige, it is imperative that you do not miss out on this once in a lifetime experience. Built by the Nabataeans, and stood the test of time to give us one of the most mesmerizing attractions worldwide.
The City of Petra was built in the 3rd century B.C. and discovered in 1812. Indiana Jones was also filmed here! Considering how massive the city is, one will definitely need more than a day to fully discover the wonders of this city. There was so much to see and everything is so spread out. As soon as you walk into Petra tourist gates; you will roughly walk for about 2 kms down a rocky road to reach the “siq.” The siq is a massive narrow canyon with very high rocky walls. You will have to walk for another 1.5kms until reaching the Treasury, the grand attraction; you literally come around the corner and Voilà. There it is, one of the most striking and renowned site of Petra. The Treasury is carved out of the mountains and served as a tomb. From the Treasury you continue your path and gaze in awe at the enormous cliffs and carvings along the way. You will witness the “High Place of Sacrifice,” a hilltop alter, from there, you will have the opportunity to view of a segment of Petra down below. A few miles deeper, you can see the 7000 seat theatre, climb up some more steps to the Royal Tombs that were cut deep into the cliff face and see more temples. Next, you can head to the Monastery, another marvelous attraction in Petra. Around the Monastery there are some spectacular view points.
These are only a portion of what Petra has to offer, yet these are the most impressive attractions in Petra.
Safe travels and enjoy your time