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Archaeological Wonders at the ‘Rose City’

Archaeological Wonders at the ‘Rose City’

Petra, Jordan

Jordan’s ancient wonder, Petra, is situated somewhere between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea. Since the prehistoric period, Petra’s beauty has been well-preserved. Half-carved, half-built, Petra was once the thriving capital of the Nabataean kingdom. Having stood the test of time, Petra was named as one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007, placing it in prestigious company alongside the likes of Machu Picchu, Great Wall of China and The Colosseum.
The Treasury Room
The treasury is Petra’s rock cut temple, arguably made famous by the infamous scenes in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. One of the best times to view the façade is between 5pm -6pm where the sunlight gives the treasury a pink-reddish hue. Inside the treasury is an empty square chamber, with other rooms concealed at the sides. Entry into the treasury room is forbidden, but be sure to loom over to view the unusual circular windows.
The Roman Theatre
The Roman Theatre is an embodiment of the blending of Nabataean and Greco-Roman culture. During its conception links between the two powers were strong and the amphitheatre is a true representation of this. Classic, original and able to seat 8,500 occupants the Roman theatre is a wonder within a wonder.
Getting There
Petra is a four hour drive from Amman airport; English signposts are dotted along the route.
From Aqaba airport it’s only a one and a half hours drive to Petra. Alternatively, private day tours for groups of between 1 and 6 passengers can be arranged by various tour companies from either location. Before entry is granted, tickets must be purchased at Petra’s visitor centre in Wadi Musa (the closest town to Petra).

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