Touring Jordan Day 3: Petra

Today was the day I had been waiting for – a full day wandering around the sights of Petra – one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Petra was the capital of the Nabatean tribe and was inhabited from 300BC to about 100AD when it was conquered by the Romans.

Petra map

We set off early and with ticketing formalities completed, headed down the sandy track towards the canyons. The rocks here are soft, easily carved sandstone with harder rings and lines of iron oxides precipitated from the groundwater running freely through them

Sandstone rings

The initial entry point into the canyon or Siq is marked by a channel where the Nabateans diverted the flood waters through a channel where they could be prevented from descending the Siq and instead used for irrigation and drinking.

The canyon itself is in places less than 3m wide with drainage channels to capture and divert rainwater. With the colours of the rocks it is a spectacular sight.

The Siq

Finally the canyon broadens out into the space where the Treasury building is situated. These facades were carved straight from solid rock and not built. As such they reflect the colors and patterns of the surrounding rocks. It was called the Treasury as it was rumored to contain a Pharoah’s treasure.

The Treasury

Further in into the complex, numerous tombs are carved into the rocks as well as a theatre and more temples. Evidence of Roman occupation comes with The Colonnaded Street.

The Colonnaded Street

Finally a track leads up 800 steps to the Monastery- another massive carved monument, from which fine views of surrounding mountains can be seen.

The Monastery

Finally we retraced our steps back to the hotel.

Published by tbtrekker

Based on both London and the Lake District, enjoys cycle touring -seeing the world from the saddle of a bike.

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