Petra – Jordan

Last weekend Mei and I spent a couple of days in Petra, the (lost) archeological and historical city in Ma’an, Jordan. Petra was built by the Nabataeans, an ancient Arabic tribe that eventually settled in the south of Jordan. Initially the Nabataeans lived in northern Arabia and controlled ancient

trade routes to China and India. From there they began to profit from caravanning and trade, allowing them to establish a kingdom from Damascus to the Negev and the Sinai, encompassing much of Arabia, in the face of Greek and later Roman factions. Eventually Rome annexed the Nabataean kingdom in 106 AD but allowed it to flourish.

Petra in its prime was a cultural melting pot: its architecture incorporates Egyptian, Greco-Roman, and Mesopotamian cultures. The city was literally cut into the red stone that is famous for. Although it eventually fell to ruins, it was rediscovered by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812 and currently one of the New Seven Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Petra is now a Jordanian national park and below I will describe the trails we took as we walked them.

 

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~ by jonathanmtsai on December 5, 2010.

3 Responses to “Petra – Jordan”

  1. Man, you write so formally. Hope you’re having a good time over there!

  2. Did you see the Holy Grail? Be sure not to take it past the great seal.

  3. wow!! i am SOOOOO jealous! this looks amazing.
    But i thought you were over there for work…?

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