Petra , Jordan – One of the 7 Wonders of the World

A brief sojourn in the Kingdom of Jordan necessitated a day trip to the famed ancient city of Petra , one of the new wonders of the world. We stepped back in time as we entered the Nabatean capital, built around 6 BC.
Petra Jordan
Walking through the 1,5 kilometre long Siq, a natural gorge flanked by 80m golden-pink sandstone cliffs, we emerged at Al-Khazneh, the Treasury, and pride of Petra. It was a temple or royal tomb in its day and the exquisitely carved rocks were testament to the Nabatean engineering genius.
Petra Jordan
We saw caves, royal tombs, temples and theatres and passed through the colonnaded Street Of Faces. One could ride on horses, camels or donkeys depending on the terrain but I preferred to walk, awestruck by my surroundings.
 Petra

Bedouins offered us their wares and one furtively proffered an authentic Caesarean coin, which we declined on the premise that it was illegal.

Petra Jordan

 

We saw a modern car parked in an ancient cave and a cheeky camel snorted at my son and startled him.

Petra Jordan

We spotted prayer mats laid out in a cave through a crevice. It offered some respite from the blazing heat.Petra Jordan

It was not difficult to make the decision to walk up 823 steps to Ad-Deir ”The Monastery”, from where the view of Petra in the diffused afternoon light was dazzling – after leaving the kids at the bottom with Grandma.

Sugary soft drinks in a Bedouin tent high up in the mountains refreshed us and I bought a traditional beaded necklace on the way.

 Petra

After a day in the blazing hot sun, we had sore legs that would take a week to recover but memories that would last a lifetime.

Later, I read a book called “Married to a Bedouin” about a New Zealand born nurse who visited Petra with her friend in 1978, met a bedouin from there, married him and lived there. It was a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people of Petra .

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