The Amazing Petra in Jordan

YOU HAVE TO SEE IT TO BELIEVE.

Petra is amazing. Dazzling. Breathtaking. Magnificent. Phenomenal.

Insert your own adjectives—they’re all valid for many reasons. Petra, no doubt, would never fail to amaze you. It’s jaw-dropping! Literally.

Another item in my bucket list–checked: to gawk at the amazing Petra.

Petra means ROCK. 

The Amazing Petra

It’s also called Wadi Musa (or Valley of Moses), because some Christians believed that it’s here where Moses struck the rock twice to which a spring gush forth from it.

It’s well-known as “a rose-red city.”

The Amazing Petra

But, in reality, it’s pink! Especially when you visit the site in the morning.

It was built by the Nabateans whose engineering genius is unparalleled as shown in this masterpiece. 

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

It was built primary as a tomb for a Nabatean King and later, as some archaeologists / scholars suggest, a temple.

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

Under the Kings Tomb are sets of smaller tombs.

The Treasury, the most photographed icon in Jordan, shows how open-minded the Nabateans were.

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

The carved monuments show the outside cultural influences and added their own.

he Amazing Petra in Jordan

There’s Classical, Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, Alexandrian, and local designs—creating a stunning, unforgettable work, “half as old as time.”

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

It is immortalized in thousands of travel magazines, postcards and the adventure movie, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” 

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

It’s an engineering genius that’s carved on the side of the Rock. 

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

 It’s not your typical ancient ruins that are common to UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

It’s a looooong hike/climb to see this panoramic view of the Treasury. But, it’s worth it! 

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

If you go there in early morning, when the sun is almost peeking, its baby pink color dazzles your eyes and imagination…

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

—and your heart is full it cannot speak. Even the camels are speechless. LOL…

The Amazing Petra in Jordan

See my rainbow wig photobomb HERE.

In the evening, be sure to witness PETRA BY NIGHTThere’s a cultural presentation performed by the bedouins. 

Petra By Night Jordan The Treasury

From the Siq all the way to The Treasury, candles lit up the gorge and the site.

Petra By Night Jordan The Treasury

And it’s soooooo romantic—even if you are alone. :)

Petra By Night Jordan The Treasury

This, my friends, is how I celebrated my 2013 Christmas Day! 

Petra By Night Jordan The Treasury

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7 Responses to “The Amazing Petra in Jordan”

  1. Don
    January 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM #

    Ah, these are beautiful photos of Petra. I wanna wanna go there!

  2. Merlinda
    January 23, 2014 at 2:27 PM #

    Me…………….I want to go…..

  3. Joan
    January 24, 2014 at 9:55 AM #

    Ah, I’m dreaming…..

  4. Josie
    January 24, 2014 at 10:12 AM #

    These photos are gorgeous. I watched Indiana Jones before and I had to youtube it to see which part in the movie this was shown and viola, I remember now… lol

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