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Posted by on Apr 11, 2013 in Jordan, Latest Posts, Middle East | 13 comments

The Rose City of Petra

Rose City of Petra

The Treasury

 

After our night in Petra getting a preview of the Treasury we were keen to get back there the following morning. Walking down the dusty trail toward the huge canyon and treasury we found small tombs and carvings we had missed the night before. Locals with horses rode alongside us trying to get our business and we watched as the tourists in small horse drawn wagons got rattled down the rocky path.

 

Petra

Pathway to the Treasury

Petra

Previews of what’s to come

Petra

Rocky rides

 

With the morning sun already biting hard we were relieved to enter the cool canyon with its high walls. Toward the treasury remains of a Roman arch and some camels were found as well as trees growing straight out of the canyon walls.

 

The Siq of Petra

The siq

The Siq in Petra

The Siq

 

Reaching the treasury, we found it just as spectacular as at night but with a far more bustling atmosphere. Camels and donkeys in brightly coloured saddles were dotted among the other tourists and local vendors selling all kinds of trinkets. It did give us an idea of what this place my have been like back when the area was used as a trade route.

 

The Treasury

The Treasury

The Treasury

The Treasury

 

As we soon discovered, the treasury was only the beginning of what Petra has to offer and we continued on to find many burial tombs of the Nabatean people who inhabited this region. Many of the carvings throughout the area are actually burial tombs although they look like houses. The Nabatean had strong beliefs about the afterlife and some of the caves would house the tombs of entire families.

 

Nabatean Tombs

Nabatean Tombs

Nabatean Tombs

Nabatean Tombs

Nabatean Tombs

Nabatean Tombs

Petra

Petra

 

With a quick lunch in the valley we prepared ourselves for the steep hike to ‘The Monastery’ which is believed to be a Nabatean temple carved in the 1st century b.c. Looking like the Treasury with a little less detail, the structure is many times larger than the Treasury and just as impressive especially given its location high above the canyon.

 

Rose city of Petra

Meeting the locals

Nabatean Tombs

Nabatean Tombs

Petra

Me pondering the hike ahead

Petra camel

More locals

Nabatean Temple

Nabatean Temple

Bedouin people

Bedouin locals outside the temple

Bedouin woman

Bedouin woman

 

Nabatean temple

Approaching a Nabatean Temple

Nabatean temple

Jen and I at the Nabatean temple

 

Walking around the Monastery we found not only ‘The Best View’ but also the “better than best view’, both lookouts over the entire region. With incredible views the entire way back down to the Treasury and back to the hotel we hardly noticed the full day of hiking. Petra is indeed and unforgettable place and a highlight of Jordan so far.

 

Petra Monastery

Great spot to camp

Best view Jordan

The best view. Not to be confused with the ‘better than best view’

 

The Monastery

Looking out from a cave to the Monastery

 

 

 

13 Comments

  1. You and Jen look in your element! Veteran travelers!
    xo dar

    • Haha yeah getting into it! xx

  2. I see you had a great time. The Siq photos ate great. always wanted to explore it. Have you discovered any nice local food (you didn’t mention what you had for your lunch:P). Great you keep interacting with locals.

    • Thanks Agness! I have a post coming about a great cooking class we did in Petra so I will fill you in then.

  3. Ah so jealous, we made it to Jerusalem but not further south into Jordan to see Petra, nicely done!

    • Thanks, we loved Israel too! Still trying to catch up on the posts 🙂

  4. Great photos – I’d love to visit one day. I’ve just made it to one of the new wonders, 6 still to go.

  5. Whoa!!!!!! This post blew me away with the photography. You may have some national geographic winners here. I am curious though, which is more impressive? The grand canyon or canyons found here?

    • Ha maybe I should send them in 🙂 too hard to say what is more impressive. The sheer size of the grand canyon blows you away but then Petra has all these carvings so I guess they are both incredible in their own way

  6. Wow Ardun, you just made me daydream!

    I so want to see Petra. It’s totally on my Bucket list 😉

    Your photos are amazing! I agree with Natasha above.

    Well done.

    Keep having fun & happy travels!

    • Oh you have to go Kay! Sitting in front of the treasury at night listening to singing and the flute was a beautiful experience.

  7. Great pics, brings back lots of great memories and looks like you’re having a fantastic trip so far!

    • Thanks Lucy! You would know its pretty hard to takes bad shot 🙂 having a great time!

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