Petra Photo Essay: The Valley of Temples and Tombs
Petra was not just a destination along the ancient spice routes, it was a major junction in the Middle East for trading with cultures that inhabited areas of Indochina, the Mediterranean, Africa, and southern Europe.
The Nabatean city tucked away in the mountains gained its wealth through control and taxation of trade routes after it was settled around the 6th century BC.
Today it is still a marvel to witness, as my pictures will not do the grandeur of the sites justice, and the most popular tourist attraction out of many astonishing sites in Jordan.
Our fist inclination we were close to the newest wonder of the ancient world.
Walking through the Siq, the canyon walls are 250 ft (76 meters) to over 600 ft (183 meters) high! On the sides of the canyon walls are irrigation channels that brought fresh water to the city.
The first glimpse of “Al-Khazneh” known to us as the Treasury of Petra
The Treasury was the tomb of a Nabateean King, carved around 100 AD but received its name because legend had it treasure was located inside the urn on the second level.
The Wandering Trader and I from an exclusive vantage point.
2,000 years old and still today perfection in a rugged cliff.
A view of the Petra Valley and hundreds of tombs
Inside a series of tombs, whose interior lining is even more beautiful than the façade.
A massive theater chipped out of the stone, capable of seating thousands! Reminds us of the first four days we spent in Jordan.
Up and over 800 carved steps on the far side of the valley a marvel that dominates Petra in sheer size waits. I recommend hiring a donkey, it makes the climb more interesting but also supports locals who earn a living taking tourist up the cliffs on a narrow trail. We entertained ourselves with a donkey race off!
The Al-Deir Monastery, for a size reference look at the person standing beneath its entrance.
While it can be done on your own the responsible thing to do is hire a local Bedouin to take you to the top.
On certain nights you can follow a candle lit path to the Treasurey where you will be greeted with Bedoiun Whiskey while sitting in the still night air listening to music and taking in the magic of this special place.
And you couldn’t miss Petra by night.
One last shot from the from the incredible view that we had.