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The most spectacular site in Jordan, and now recognized as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, Petra is among the greatest tourist attractions in the entire region. Carved into sheer rock faces by the Nabateans some 2,000 years ago, and hidden between jagged cliffs of red-hued sandstone, “The Rose Red City” more than deserves the accolades. Accessed by the “Siq”, a narrow gorge that spirals down through the mountains from the Visitor Centre, the complex offers a succession of historical marvels. From the famous façade of the Treasury, first glimpsed though an angular fissure in the rock above you, to the Roman Theatre, the Royal Tombs, a well-preserved Roman street and the recently revealed 2nd century Grand Temple.

Key Attractions:

The Treasury:The iconic tomb, misnamed by the Bedouins as they thought it contained gold, has become the emblem for the entire country. Gradually emerging into view at the end of your descent into the Siq, the Treasury’s pristine carvings and Romenesque columns stand as a silent testament to a pioneering civilization.

The High Place of Sacrifice:Accessed via a steep stone staircase just before the Roman Theatre, the well-preserved site of religious rituals, including animal sacrfice, looks down over the whole complex. The descent includes the beautiful Tomb of a Roman soldier and some of the most staggering rock colours in Petra.

The Um Tomb:Part of the parade of Royal Tombs that look down the Roman cardio, or street, the Urn Tomb is perched high in the rock and set above a series of vaults – earning the nickname “the prison” from the local Bedouin. Due to its size and elaborate carving, it’s believed to be the resting place for a Nabatean king.



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