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IR Anita • 3 years ago

Petra (Greek "πέτρα" (petra), meaning rock; Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ) is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans,[2] it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourist attraction.[2] It lies on the slope of Mount Hor[3] in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage."[4] Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die".[5]

  • Cindy Fiorella
    Cindy Fiorella • 2 years ago

    one day I ll be there

  • Angie Cook
    Angie Cook • 2 years ago

    Been there twice, it's truly breathtaking!

  • Kathleen Hunter
    Kathleen Hunter • 2 years ago

    I spent two weeks there, exploring and just sitting, met the bedouin and had THE most fabulous sunset BBQ in an ancient Nabataean sunken pit, complete with carved benches and fire pit. A step back in time as the rocks changed from dusty orange to fiery red then rosy pink as the sun went down, lemon chicken and a very memorable donkey ride back to the mouth of Petra..... I agree with UNESCO and the BBC.