Step into the Beginnings of Petra: Inside Jordan’s World WonderTerohan Nula May 24, 2013 0 COMMENTS
Petra, the world wonder, is Jordan’s greatest tourist spot and most valuable treasure. Petra is half-built, half-carved into a rock, and is surrounded by mountains with passages and valleys. It is one of the world’s most popular archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern culture blends with Hellenistic architecture. Visit Petra by getting individual or group Petra tours for a historic adventure to another land. Here are some of the must-see tourist attractions in Petra.
Travel on Foot through the ‘SIQ’ Valley
Entrance to the city is through the narrow valley of Siq, which is flanked on either side by high, 80m high cliffs. Just walking through Siq is already a great experience. The colours and formations of the rocks are pretty impressive. As you reach the ends of Siq, you will find the Treasury.
Visit the Treasury
The Treasury is the first of the many wonders that make up Petra. As you enter the Petra valley, the natural beauty of the place and its outstanding architectural achievements will overwhelm you. There are hundreds of intricate rock-cut tombs with elaborate carvings.
Explore the 3,000-Seat Theatre from First Century AD
Explore the Roman-style theatre that can accommodate 3,000 people. There are obelisks, temples, sacrificial altars, and high above the valley is the impressive Ad-Deir Monastery – a flight of 800 rock cut steps takes you there.
Enjoy the Horse Ride
The city does not allow motorized vehicles to enter the site. If you don’t want to walk, you can hire a horse or a horse-drawn carriage to take you through the 1km Siq. Once inside the place, you can hire a donkey, or for a more adventurous ride, a camel—both come with Petra tour handlers who use designated routes.
Ideal Time to See Petra
The best time to see Petra, especially if you want to take pictures, is either early to mid-morning or late afternoon, when the sun enhances the amazing natural colours of the rocks. Petra is known as the Rose-Red City because of the colour of rocks.
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