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|Subject: Petra Petra 13/11/2010, 7:50 pm|| |
Petra is a site in the Arabah, Jordan that was discovered by a Swissexplorer called Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812 and is considered tobe, yet another splendid beauty in the history of mankind. Arabah is asection of the Great Rift Valley and it is located between the Dead Sea(north) and the Gulf of Aqaba (south) forming part of the borderbetween Jordan (east) and Israel (west).Petra represents the ancient world’s heritage culture. It is abeauty hidden behind layers of mountain. The ones who have seen it sayit is a treasure beyond comparison. It is now said to be one of theseventh wonder of the world and it belongs to the UNESCO world heritagesite. The entire red rose city of Petra has such a charismatic appealthat it attracts anyone & everyone who enters the city, taking themto a different world of divine beauty and mystery. Petra mainly isadmired because of its picture perfect architecture, its complexstructure, quality and the non mentionable mere size.Petra is said to have its origin before 106 AD; its culture is saidto have been flourished in almost 400 years old. The one’s who visitedit say that it is a site that can never be forgotten. The city of Petratakes its name, which is the Greek word for “rock”, from the fact thatit is most notable for its buildings and tombs that are carved directlyinto the red sandstone that serves as the city’s natural protectionfrom invaders. Its popularity with tourists may also have a connectionto the city’s Biblical significance. It is here where King Aretascalled for the arrest of the Apostle Paul at the time of his conversion.
Location & How to Get to PetraThis historical fortress is located 170 miles southwest of Amman,Jordan on the edges of the Wadi Araba desert. It is also 50 miles southof the Dead Sea and the only way to enter the city is through a narrowcrevice called the Siq. One has to uncover a very narrow path ofmountains, kilometer by kilometer before they get to see the majesticbeauty of Petra.This path is only about five meters wide, withsandstone walls towering up hundreds of meters high on both sides. Thislong, narrow & not very well lighted gorge is very cool &soothes the visitors before it unfolds the mystery step by step.A taxi is the best means of transportation to get from the QueenAlia International Airport to Amman. Remember to ask the driver to takeyou to the Wahdat bus terminal, since there are two major bus stationsin Amman. Destinations are usually printed in Arabic on the respectivebuses, so if you do not read Arabic, ask to be shown to the bus thatwill take you to Petra.