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UNESCO World Heritage Site #61: Petra

UNESCO World Heritage Site #61: Petra

UNESCO World Heritage Site #61: Petra


From the World Heritage inscription:

Inhabited since prehistoric times, this Nabataean caravan-city, situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, was an important crossroads between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. Petra is half-built, half-carved into the rock, and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges. It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.

Petra was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. I can’t help but think that part of the reason it was picked was because it was a filming location for one of the Indiana Jones movies. I say that because there is usually only one photo of Petra which people every see, and that is the Treasury Building. While the Treasury Building is the most well preserved of the carved structures in Petra, there is a lot more to the location. You can spend a full day exploring Petra and be very tired at the end. Not only is it big, there is a lot of vertical distance to climb.

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  1. BJ Ryan says:

    Petra is also featured predominantly in the later books of the “Left Behind” series written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins.

  2. Petra is one of the wonders of the world but must be explored the right way. Some hints:
    1. Do not go in the summer – it is very hot
    2. Arrive the day before. Make you first entrance to Petra with sunrise,
    3. Spend day one exploring the valley area. Stay overnight.
    4. Spend day two climbing to one of the higher places (like the Monastery)

  3. charmine says:

    never thought Petra was so large,i have always wanted to see the lands of the bible ,petra will be high on my list of must see spots.

  4. jen laceda says:

    UNESCO should offer you a job!!!

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