- Location: Jordan
- Time to Visit: October to May
- How to Reach:You can easily come to Petra by a number of transport routes. The nearest way of coming to Petra is through Wadi Rum or Aqaba. The nearest airport is located in Aqaba which is also close to the place. Road transport is well developed regular car, buses and four wheelers ply between the region and Aqaba. The capital city of Amman is also close by.
- Nearest International Airport: Aqaba Airport
- Time required for sightseeing: 1-2 hours
Its antiquity takes it back to the times of the Dead Sea Scroll. John William Burgon rightly described it as ‘a rose-red city half as old as time” in his sonnet. Standing like the last frontier where the Western World and the Arab Bedouins met for commercial and cultural exchange right from the early days of documented human history. Petra is history living in the present. True to its unique charm, it is often described as the eighth wonder of the ancient world. Located in Jordan, this site is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the Middle East.
Petra is listed among the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. According to the UNESCO, the place is “”one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage.” The place is situated amidst the slopes of Mount Hor and is near a large valley which stretches from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra in Jordan is famous for its rock-cut architecture. In the ancient times, it was an important cultural center between Arabia, Egypt and Syria-Phoenicia. The monument is half built and half carved into a rock. It is bordered by steep passages and gorges. The architecture of Petra blends Hellenistic tradition with an eastern touch.
History of Petra
Petra was created by the Nabataeans, who were the early settlers of Arabia and lived around 2000 years ago. You will simply be awe-inspired by the massive faí§ade which is 30 meters in width and rises up to a height of around 43 meters. The monument was built in the early 1st century as tomb of a renowned Nabataean king. It provides a deep insight into the creativity and architectural grandeur of the ancient Arabs.
Entering Petra is a thrilling experience. You can enter the city through Siq which is just over 1 km in length. The passage is bordered by high cliffs which rise up to a height of around 80 meters. The formation of the rocks is an added attraction of the region. As you head towards the entrance, you can watch the glimpse of the treasury.
Petra in Popular Culture
Petra is a very popular and featured in various media appearances. Some of the popular movies where the site has featured are Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Passion in the Desert, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger. Various cartoon series like The Adventures of Tintin have also featured the site.
You can easily come to Petra by a number of transport routes. The nearest way of coming to Petra is through Wadi Rum or Aqaba. The nearest airport is located in Aqaba which is also close to the place. Road transport is well developed regular car, buses and four wheelers ply between the region and Aqaba. The capital city of Amman is also close by.