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To get the first glimpse of Petra from the back of a horse or a camel, just like all the other travellers through the ages did. "It seems no work of Man's creative hand, by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned; But from the rock as if by magic grown, eternal, silent, beautiful, alone! - John William Burgon.

The habits of the original natives may have influenced the Nabataean custom of burying the dead and offering worship in half-excavated caves.

Petra - Jordan One of the Seven Man-Made Wonders of the World. I've already been, but I want to go back. It's gorgeous.

Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as its most visited tourist attraction. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage". Petra was chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die".

Petra - where Tom and Patti got engaged...maybe revisit for our 20th anniversary????

Petra, Jordan - One of the New 7 Wonders of the World

Felt fortunate to go with a group of friends three years ago to Jordan and Israel. I had always wanted to go to Petra (southern Jordan)...and had been looking at a calendar on my wall for some time of it!

Garden tomb, Petra, Jordan. UNESCO & ICOMOS recently collaborated to publish their first book on human & natural threats to these sensitive World Heritage sites, choosing Petra as its first & most important example of threatened landscapes.

Petra, Jordan. Do do dun dun... Dun do dun... Do do dun dun....Don duh dun dun dun!!! (This is clearly the Indiana Jones theme, fools).