Ahhh yesss…. another world wonder is up for grabs with the eyeballs…. this one was probably one of the more difficult ones to reach because of the sheer distance to travel to get to Jordan. Not the most physical like hiking the Inca Trail to go see Machu Picchu, but it was more of distance and opportunity that created the obstacles. But it’s no matter to me as I don’t want any cheese with my whine. Better to go out and just do it if I had the opportunity, so I did it! Just note that Petra is not just one building or thing. It’s actually an entire ancient city that compasses a certain area so even though most people think of Petra as the carved building in the side of the canyon, it’s more than that.
Tip: Even though it’s not as crowded as some of the other World Wonders get like Christ the Redeemer, I still think it’s best to get a guide and go there early in the morning so you can avoid the crowds that show up later in the day.
The route to Petra involves some walking along this dirt road and there are some ruins along the way.
So the road to Petra also involves walking through this crevice valley or canyon. Just to show you how big and deep this is, just look at me in comparison to the rest of the rocks! Archaeologists believe that the original people of Petra did carve some of the route leading to the city which also included bringing in fresh water.
If you look up while you’re walking through that canyon, you can barely see Petra or at least the beginning of it. The famous carved building called Al-Khazneh, which is the treasury. For some movie buffs, this might give you flashbacks of the Indiana Jones movie as they go look for the Holy Grail.
And finally Petra! Another World Wonder visited! This is the treasury called Al-Khazneh. There have been some debates why the treasury was the first thing visitors in the ancient world – maybe to impress and wow foreigners that this is the beginning of the magic?
Here’s an up-close view of Al-Khazneh. Again, movie buffs might think of another film that showcases Al-Khazneh/Petra – Transformers as the main character was looking for the Matrix of Leadership.
I took a up-close photo of the left side because my guide was saying there are some indents where people might have stuck something on there before time took its took as looters broke them off back in the times of history.
You can see indentations on the right side as well which makes me think that there was something attached on both sides of this carving into the sandstone rock.
Obviously due to being a victim of time where the original people who built this place are long gone which also includes the history and reasoning why Petra was built in the first place. When Petra was re-discovered, they tried to interview some of the Bedouin people who tried to tell them whatever stories that they had known and passed down to them over the generations. But obviously, the majority of it all was lost in the sands of time so who knows how the whole thing worked. In my opinion, it was a temple of sorts and those indentations that you see on the sides? I think they attached a snake statue or a snake made of metal, gold, and silver on both sides. Almost like the stone snake statues of Chichen Itza. But that’s just my guess.
Tip: You can do this trip from Israel as tour companies will actually say that Petra is in Israel when it’s really in Jordan. Best not to bring this up with the Jordanians.
Archaeologists believe that the people lived in Petra by living in the nearby carved homes of the canyon and mountains. That’s how they supported Petra.
Roman ruins occupy Petra which contributed to the city’s expansion until an earthquake and seafaring trade routes lessen Petra’s importance.
Even the Romans contributed to Petra by conquering the Nabatean Kingdom where others failed due to the mountainous terrain being an issue.
If you walk around Petra, there is a citadel or better known as El Deir or The Monastery. When Christianity spread through this region, a monastery built as part of Petra. So like Al Khazneh, the people went to work on building it or more like carving it out of the mountain.
A lot of people just go to Jordan just to see Petra which might be their thing, a one day. But if it is, then at least they saw the country’s crowd jewel despite ignoring the other jewels and artwork the country has to offer.
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