The Bucket list: Petra, Jordan

In 1985 Petra, due to its outstanding beauty and fabulous grandeur, was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The 'roses res city, half as old as time' is an ancient Nabataean city south of Jordan and was the kingdom's capital from around...

In 1985 Petra, due to its outstanding beauty and fabulous grandeur, was recognised as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The 'roses res city, half as old as time' is an ancient

Nabataean city south of Jordan and was the kingdom's capital from around the 6th century BC to the 106th century AD. Situated between the red and black sea, the Nabataean city was an important cross roads between Araia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia.

The beautiful ancient city is carved into the rock face and is surrounded by mountains riddled with passages and gorges and is one of the world's most famous archaeological sites. There is a vast extent of elaborate tomb and temple architecture, the fusion of Hellenistic architectural facades with traditional Nabataean rock temples represents a unique artistic achievement and outstanding architectural ensemble.

When visiting Petra, the entrance to the city is through the Siq, a narrow gorges over 1km in length, you cannot use motor vehicles but if you don't want to walk you can take a horse draw cart through the 80 km cliffs. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing places, it has to be seen to be believed. Check out a guides view of Petra via the Guardian.

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