Petra

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Plate tectonics and erosion due to water and sand created this fabulous landscape, which was cannily exploited by the Nabataeans. The illustrious merchants controlling caravan traffic between East and West founded a huge empire that prospered around the time of Christ. Their capital, Petra, was rediscovered in the early 19C, revealing the splendour and riches of this civilisation; its written script was a precursor of Arabic. An unmissable site of premier importance.

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The Great Necropolis, Petra
The Great Necropolis, Petra
The most important building of the great
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Jebel al-Madhbah, Petra
Jebel al-Madhbah, Petra
A 3hr walk leads to numerous Nabataean
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Lower City of Petra
Lower City of Petra
Petra's lower city, which you access via
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Royal tombs, Petra
Royal tombs, Petra
The royal tombs comprise of a variety of
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The Siq, Petra
The Siq, Petra
The main entrance to the ancient city,
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Ascent to Ad Deir, Petra
Ascent to Ad Deir, Petra
Heading up to the Deir ("monastery") is
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The Great Necropolis, Petra
The Great Necropolis, Petra
The most important building of the great
1:30
Jebel al-Madhbah, Petra
Jebel al-Madhbah, Petra
A 3hr walk leads to numerous Nabataean
1:00
Lower City of Petra
Lower City of Petra
Petra's lower city, which you access via
0:30
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