"Petra: a wonderful town" Top 5 Page for this destination Petra by Cristian_Uluru

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Petra is also knows as the Pink Town thanks the fantastic colors of the rock. It's a fantastic experience to walk across the Siq and to see above you cliff 100 meters high. Another great experience is to see Al-Khazneh and Royal Tombs....it's fantastic to see these tombs build in the rock. They are very very big and pictures can't give the real size of these monuments. To walk in Petra it is a unique experience that it's very difficult to describe and pictures can only give you an idea of what really is this great fantastic town build inside mountains!!!!

You can spend in Petra at least one day and you can see only the MUST of Petra (Siq, Al-Khazneh, the Royal Tombs and Romans ruins) and also Al-Deir. If you can visit Petra in two or more days you can see much more (like the Snake Tomb and more) and much better all the wonderful of the town!!!!!!

PETRA: a fantastic moment of life!!!

Some of history...

Petra was first established by Edomites, a group of people that lived in the area between Aqaba Gulf and Dead Sea in the 13th century BC and they didn't allow to Israeli people to reach the Holy Land. When David became king, Israeli took this land. But when King Salomon died, Edomites took indipendence and the King of the Kingdom of Jude took the city of Sela and from this city probably become the name of Petra because in Greek it mean rock . At the begining of 6th century BC, the Nabataean Arabs, a nomadic tribe who settled in the area and they defeted the Edomites and they laid the foundations of a commercial empire that extended into Syria. Despite successive attempts by the Seleucid king Antigonus, the Roman emperor Pompey and Herod the Great to bring Petra under the control of their respective empires, Petra remained largely in Nabataean hands until around 100AD, when the Romans took over and with emperor Adrian the city was call Hadriana Petra. It was still inhabited during the Byzantine period, when the former Roman empire moved its focus east to Constantinople, but declined in importance thereafter. The Crusaders constructed two forts there in the 12th century, but soon withdrew, leaving Petra to the local people until the 1812, when it was discovered by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.


When you finish to visit and to discover all the wonders of Petra and you have got time, the best way to spend this time is to visit Al-Beid, it is also call Little Petra. This city is smaller than Petra but it's very nice. You can enjoy walking inside the small Siq and discover Nabataean houses and wonderful landscape. Just few meter far from the Siq of Little Petra there are the ruins of a Neolitic Village (9000 BC) call Al-Beidha.

Enjoy yourself walking in the eighth wonder of the world!!!!

  • Last visit to Petra: Mar 2005
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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    Jul 23, 2009 at 10:50 AM

    Liked how you describes seeing Petra --- after camel caravan and nicehses, appears the wodner of PETRA! Awesome trip you had - so lucky you! Norman :)

  • Kuznetsov_Sergey's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Thank you Cristian for bringing back sweet memories about this magnificent place! I happened to visit it month ago and was amazed by its numerous sights. Your page shows almost all of them!

  • grovier's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2008 at 7:20 AM

    Bravo christian for this splendid page...I'll be there in November...

  • nora_south_africa's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    wonderful Petra page and tips!!

  • oriettaIT's Profile Photo
    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:57 PM

    Petra is a place that always fashinate me, thanks for sharing this great photos.

  • rebibi's Profile Photo
    Mar 4, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Thank you for sharing this fantastic virtual tour. Petra is a "must" on our upcoming trip. Like especially your intro-picture!

  • Feb 16, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Great picture!! Nikos

  • Jan 29, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    A truly fascinating place, I'd love to go there one day!

  • Toshioohsako's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2007 at 3:24 AM

    Thank you for sharing Petra photos. I was there more than 20 years ago and digital camera did not exits. Greetings

  • Oct 1, 2007 at 9:24 PM

    Great tips. I was there a few years ago.


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