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					   Petra, the lost city, as the name suggests was
       once lost and literally carved from the
     sandstones of southern Jordan. The place
   enthralls its visitors with some awe-inspiring
 agricultural, engineering and architectural stone
carving skills of the early nomadic Arab tribe, ‘the
 Nabataeans’. Located at about 3 hours south of
    Amman, the capital of Jordan, with amazing
   tombs, amphitheatre, fountains and sacrifice
 altar, you find mysticism and history in the same
                         place!
  Stone carvings are believed to be
 made by people around 2000 years

 Sandstone desert cliffs remained
 unknown to the world until 1812.

 Archeological evidences reveal that
they even constructed dams, cisterns
and water conduits to store water for
    prolonged periods of drought

   Through years the city lost its
 commercial importance and finally
             decayed.

 The place was rediscovered by the
   Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig
        Burckhardt in 1812.
 Al-Siq
The main entrance to
   the Petra City.
 Approximately one
  mile long narrow
 passage ends at the
most elaborate ruin, Al
      Khazneh.
      Al-Khazneh
With classical Greek influenced architecture, it is one
       of the most complex buildings of Petra.
Royal Tombs

  This comprises three tombs-Urn
Tomb, Silk Tomb and the Corinthian
 Tomb. The tombs are built high on
  the mountain side and requires
 climbing up a number of flights of
               stairs.
      Byzantine Church
This three-aisled basilica was built over Nabataean and Roman
remains in 450-500 AD. The monument destroyed by
earthquake and major fires was later excavated and restored.
     The Treasury

One of the most elegant remains of the
ancient world, the Treasury is probably a
temple or tomb. The dramatic glimpses
of the Treasury are something that will
never erase from memory.

				
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Description: Petra, the lost city, as the name suggests was once lost and literally carved from the sandstones of southern Jordan. The place enthralls its visitors with some awe-inspiring agricultural, engineering and architectural stone carving skills of the early nomadic Arab tribe, ‘the Nabataeans’. Located at about 3 hours south of Amman, the capital of Jordan, with amazing tombs, amphitheatre, fountains and sacrifice altar, you find mysticism and history in the same place!