A visit to Jordan isn’t complete without a trip down south to the beguiling city of Petra. This famous archaeological city has jaw-dropping landmarks and its intriguing history is literally chiseled into its surroundings.
Located between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, Petra is half-built, half intricately carved into the rose coloured sandstone. Surrounded by mountains interlinked with passages and gorges, there’s plenty to take your breath away.
You can see plenty in a day, but stay in the neighbouring town of Wadi Musa and you can see both the sunrise and sunset over Petra. Marvel at the changing hues of the rocks as the sun transforms the city.
This beautiful sculpted entryway is the first thing you’ll see when you arrive in Petra. Dramatic and atmospheric, the landmark welcomes you to the city, standing proud with its beautifully time-worn facade. The triclinium, a chamber of three benches, was used by the Nabataeans to honour the dead. It neighbours the Obelisk Tomb and is the gate to the main entrance of the city, from which you start your 1200-metre journey.
Water channels and dams were carved into the rock and serve as impressive examples of early sustainability practises. If you visit on a rainy day you might get to see the system in action. Don’t fancy walking? Hop on a camel or take a carriage ride to explore the city in a whole new way.
When you come out of the other side of the Bab Al-Siq Triclinium you’ll find yourself in front of The Treasury. This rock-hewn temple is a real highlight of the journey - and you might recognise it from Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade. The 43-metre high structure is particularly enchanting at night when hundreds of candles light the way through the Bab Al-Siq Triclinium to the Treasury.
The flights of stone steps will take you up to the High Palace of Sacrifice. Prepare yourself for incredible views of Petra and some of the city’s most extraordinary rock colours. You’ll discover a wealth of Nabataean architecture at every turn, before eventually reaching the dramatic Palace where the Nabataeans held religious ceremonies to honour their gods.
The 822 steps are carved out of the mountain and take you up to the astounding Monastery building, in all its intricately designed glory. It’s a long walk up but worth it when you see the breathtaking views across the surrounding valley. If you’re staying to watch the sunset, this is undoubtedly one of the best places to see it.
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