Petra: the lost city

One of the 7 wonders of the world, once unknown

 

 

Petra from above

 

 

Did you know that Petra is called the lost city? The famous archaeological site in Jordan, in the 7th century AD it was a thriving city dedicated to economic exchanges inhabited first by the Edomites and after by the Nabateans who later abandoned it definitively following the decline of trade in the area and various natural disasters making it in fact "the lost city". In 1812, thanks to the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, there was his discovery and since then the city of Petra has become famous even in the western world to the point of recently earning it the title of one of the 7 wonders of the modern world!

Petra was a real city that at the peak of its size had about 25,000 inhabitants in an area of ​​about 264,000 square meters. Dwellings, tombs and monuments were entirely obtained from the particularly resistant and easily excavated local sandstone rock.

 

Monastery of Petra

 

The particular geological conformation that characterizes Petra combined with the strong engineering skills of its inhabitants, have made their buildings very long-lived and is the reason why today we can still admire hundreds of tombs and monuments almost intact despite the erosion and earthquakes that over time have hit the territory.

The most famous but also the best preserved tomb is "the Treasure", an imposing facade carved into the rock that leaves any visitor with his mouth open! To reach this magnificent attraction it is necessary to cross the Siq, a path of about 1Km through a canyon at the end of which you can see the Treasure in all its beauty to welcome us to Petra.

One of the absolutely unmissable experiences in Petra is to visit the Treasure at night but it is possible to do it only on some days of the week. To admire Petra by night, you go along the Siq illuminated by numerous candles that bring to its majesty "the Treasure" which is also illuminated by hundreds of candles that make the atmosphere magical. Sitting in silence in front of him, the start of the show is awaited in which a particular music accompanies a voice that tells the story of the Nabataeans.

 

Petra by night

 

Among the many buildings excavated in the rock, the Roman theater that could hold up to 3000 people also stands out, but above all the Monastery that manages to amaze even surpassing the Treasure in size. Its majesty satisfies any visitor who manages to face the hundreds of steps necessary to climb to reach it.

Visiting Petra gives indescribable emotions and no photo can never do it justice like seeing it live!

 

 

Must see places in Petra:

  • The Treasury of Petra

The Treasury is Petra's main attraction, the best preserved and most accessible monument and consequently the most visited

  • The Al-Deir Monastery

Al-Deir Monastery, although less famous than the Treasury, is certainly the most majestic of the monuments carved into the rock in Petra

  • Roman amphitheater

The Roman amphitheater in Petra welcomed thousands of people to attend the many shows

 

 

Must see places near Petra:

  • Little Petra (14 Km/8,7 mi)

Little Petra has the same characteristics as her older sister but in a smaller and more intimate context

  • Castle of Shobak (25 Km/15,5 mi)

Shobak Castle is one of the most important Crusader castles in Jordan

  • Wadi Rum desert (113 Km/70 mi)

The Wadi Rum desert is one of the most spectacular in the world and has also been the set of several films

 

 

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