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Petra

An archaeological city in Jordan

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A Quick Tip by Sharrie

  • Apr 24, 2010
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Petra is an ancient city like no other. Full of adventure and mystery, a trip to Petra takes you to where Indiana Jones was once filmed!
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review by . February 04, 2010
The Holy Grail
Intro To Petra          Petra... sounds so sweet & yet it took me 2 decades to get here after first hearing about it! 1989 - Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade, in Petra! It's about seeking the Holy Grail. Coincidentally, I was here when the Gaza War broke out in Jan. 2009. Israel was attacking the Gaza Strip and all hells broke lose! Well, in Gaza I mean. It was calm & all fine in Jordan!       Indiana Jones & …
Quick Tip by . February 05, 2010
An amazing historical & archaeological site with beautiful canyons as its backdrop. Mysterious, exotic and spectacular Wonder of the World!
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Petra (Greek "πέτρα" (petra), meaning rockArabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ) is a historic andarchaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that has rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of theNabataeans,[1] it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction.[1] It lies on the slope of Mount Hor[2] in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and a World Heritage Site since 1985. Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 10 places you have to see before you die".[3]

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swissexplorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in aNewdigate Prize-winning sonnet by John William BurgonUNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." 
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