The rock-cut architecture of Petra, Jordan, stretches back to the 6th century B.C., yet it remained unknown to the Western world until 1812. Since then, the “rose-red city half as old as time,” as an 1845 poem described it, has become an enviable tourist destination -- described by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top places to see before you die. Among Petra’s sites is the Al Deir monastery, pictured here.

On the Rocks: World's Cliff-Hanging Wonders

The rock-cut architecture of Petra, Jordan, stretches back to the 6th century B.C., yet it remained unknown to the Western world until 1812. Since then, the “rose-red city half as old as time,” as an 1845 poem described it, has become an enviable tourist destination -- described by Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top places to see before you die. Among Petra’s sites is the Al Deir monastery, pictured here.

7 Wonders of the World  You know, I want to see all of these, but I think it's unfair to say these are THE seven wonders.  Look at my other pictures.  The world is full of wonder. :)

7 Wonders of the World You know, I want to see all of these, but I think it's unfair to say these are THE seven wonders. Look at my other pictures. The world is full of wonder. :)

Again, I wish I knew where this was ...  Wonder how much longer it will stand for??

Again, I wish I knew where this was ... Wonder how much longer it will stand for??

jellyfish lake in Palau. the jellyfish have lost their stinging ability because there are no predators, so you can go swimming with them

jellyfish lake in Palau. the jellyfish have lost their stinging ability because there are no predators, so you can go swimming with them

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