You have seen this location in movies, on postcards and in books but to walk through the rock corridors yourself is breath taking. The Siq entrance is a long tunnel of tall pink rock formations hugging the sky like a bird’s wings. As you stroll through the maze and finally reach the Treasury your heart stops in amazement.
The Treasury is only one wonder amongst many located at Petra. There is hundreds of elaborate rock-cut tombs with detailed carvings. You can also visit a Roman style theatre that seated 3,000 people. There are obelisks, temples and sacrificial alters following the colonnaded streets. At the end there is a hike up a tall mountain with about 800 rock cut steps that lead to the impressive Ad Deir Monastery.
Petra dates back around the 6th century BC. It was erected by the Nabataean Arabs. They were a nomadic tribe that settled in the area and laid the foundation for a commercial empire that eventually extended into Syria. Despite numerous attempts from the Roman Empire to take over this majestic place it remained under the Nabataean rule until around 100AD.
This ancient city has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1985 and was elected as one of the Seven Wonders of the World in 2007. The area encompasses massive pink rock formations nestled within Wadi Musa, (The valley of Moses).
If your flying out of the BNA International Airport there are no direct flights to Amman, Jordan. You will most likely have to make a couple stops in Atlanta and or New York. For the distance the flights are relatively cheap, however it would pay to research different airlines for the best prices. It is always cheaper to book your tour details on your own. Nevertheless Travel agents are always available. It may be a bit more costly however they often eliminate any hassles you may encounter when traveling abroad. A valid passport and all required visas should be obtained prior to entry into Jordan.
Put Petra on your list of places to see. Give yourself several days to cover everything in this massive archeological sight. The perfection of the monuments erected here more than 2,000 years ago can only be believed and experience by seeing it for yourself!
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