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Petra

Jordan ( Middle East And Africa )
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Petra is categorised as Heritage


The Great Temple of Petra (Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon)
Sela
Qasr al-Bint Temple
The Royal Tombs
The Theatre (Photo Courtesy: Bpavacic)
The Treasury (Photo Courtesy: Bernard Gagnon)

Reasons to Visit
  • Petra is an ancient abandoned city established in around 312 BC
  • Petra is considered as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World
  • Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site
  • Petra is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system
Access Information
  • Nearest Airport -Amman (237 kms)

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  • Highlights of Jordan (4 Nights)

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    Unlike other rock carved structures in Petra, the Qasr al-Bint Temple is constructed and is estimated to have been built around 30 BC by the Nabateans. The temple complex was later used by the Romans and was destroyed around 3rd century AD. Archaeologists believe that the temple was 23 ft high and had impressive columns and raised platforms.
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    The massive Theatre at Petra was built by the Nabateans around 1 century AD, and was later refurbished by the Romans when they annexed Nabatae in 106 AD. The Theatre had an original seating capacity of 3000 persons and the Romans enlarged it to 8500 by slicing through many tombs. Besides the stage and the backs of seating, the entire theatre was chiselled out of the mountainside, cutting through many tombs and caves in the process.
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    With its beautiful Hellenistic façade, the Treasury is most iconic tomb of Petra. The local legend has it that the urn on top of the monument held an Egyptian pharaoh's treasure, hence the name Treasury. It is believed that this royal tomb carved out of iron-laden sandstone was built for the Nabatean King Aretas III. The Treasury's famous façade, a blend of classical and Nabatean architecture, depicts a variety of statues of gods, animals, and mythological figures. The best time to visit the Treasury is in the morning between 9-11 am and in the evening between 5-6 pm when the sun shines on the entire building making the reddish-pink sandstone glow.
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    Sela also identified as a ruin was once a capital of Edom located at the great valley which extends from the Dead Sea till the Red Sea.
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    The Royal Tombs consist of a dozen large burial chambers for the Nabatean Kings. The Urn Tomb with its subterranean vaults and internal chamber (which was later converted into a Byzantine church) is the most striking of all the tombs. Another famous tomb in the Royal Tombs is the well-preserved Tomb of Unayshu, a minister who served the Nabataean kings.
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    Built in the 1st century BC, the Great Temple is one of the few freestanding structures in Petra. Although the temple was damaged in an earthquake shortly after it was built, it remained in used until the late Byzantine period. It is believed that the temple was probably dedicated to Dushara, the principal deity of Petra, however the discovery of a small theatre within the temple complex suggests that it may also have served as a public place.
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  • Amman ( 237 Km )

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Nearest Airport in Petra
  • Queen Alia International Airport ( AMM ) , Amman-237 Kms
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