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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.
Carved Rooftop Photograph by Annie Griffiths Belt Reclining on a rooftop carved two millennia ago, a Bedouin surveys the realm of the Nabataeans, whose ancient capital beckons from the sands of southern Jordan. Forgotten for centuries, Petra still echoes with mysteries of the past; this immense building, Al Deir (the Monastery), was probably a Nabataean shrine. —From “Petra: Ancient City of Stone,” December 1998, National Geographic magazine Next »
Petra, Jordon -- I have been within a few miles of it (from the Isreal border), but didn't have time to make the trip -- next time!