“SYMBOL OF JORDAN”
Brief Words & History
A very famous saying about the Petra which describes it well is “A rose red city half as old as time”. With this sentence everyone can easily understand the historic importance of the Petra. Petra is a very important city of Jordan and a great treasure of history. This is the most visited tourist attraction in Jordan. Its importance can be understood with the fact that BBC recently declared Petra as one of the 40 places that everyone must see before die. It was originally build in 1st century as the tomb of the king. It is said that about 2000 BC, people from Arab who were engaged in trade were settled here. Those people were called Nabataeans. At that time Petra linked India and Arabia with Greece, Rome and Egypt etc. Petra is one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Petra is holds very different reasons for being so popular. This place has a civilized culture, carved rocky architecture and a complete system of water channels and dams. The rocky carved structures have made this city the great heritage treasure of the world.
Entrance of Petra
You enter in the glorious city of Petra through a Siq. Infact Siq is a narrow passage that is about 1 km long to enter the main city. The scenery of the path can be imagined by this that it passes through the cliffs which are 80m high. Entering the city through siq is a great experience. The colour of the cliffs is really eye catching. The formation of the rocks is really amazing and beautiful. When you reach at the end of the siq the firs look is really dazzling. At the end there is the treasury which is the major architectural beauty of the site.
Dazzled Carving & Beauty
This is the master piece of rock carving and shows the engineering excellence of the people of ancient era. The elevation or front view of the treasury is about 30m wide and 43m high. It has been constructed by cutting and carving the face of the rock. It is standing with such dignity that everything looks dwarf around it. The colour of the rock is dusky pink which gives it majestic look. The art work is amazing. The rocks have been carved beautifully. Treasury is not the only thing that represents the treasures of Petra. There is a monastery at the top of the valley. You have to climb 800 steps which are made by cutting rocks. There is a theatre of roman style which has a seating capacity of 3000 people. As Petra is a amazing and beautiful archeological site, there are two museums set to show the rich history of Petra one is Petra Archeological Museum and the second is Petra Nabataean Museum. These sites have so much to justify the visit. The streets of the city are to be wandered because these are colonnaded. The landscape of Petra is mesmerizing with pink and different coloured rock mountains.
If you plan, that you must, then the best time to visit this beautiful astonishing historic site is early morning and late afternoon. The reason is that the sunlight reflects the true colours of the rocks. You will have a great experience of photography here. The entry of motor vehicles is restricted. You have to walk for 1km long siq to enter the main city. You can even hire a horse drawn carriage while inside the city you can hire donkey or camel. It will take 3 to 5 days to completely explore the city. This visit will be unforgettable.