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