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visitheworld: Early morning at The Treasury, Petra, Jordan (by www.garymcgovern.net).

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.

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. I probably won't be traveling in the Middle East anytime soon, but I can still dream

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!

Petra, Jordan. Don't know why but I've always wanted to see this