The ancient city of Petra is one of the world’s most important archaeological sites. What began as a desert oasis, turned into a thriving city in the 3rd century B.C. and was located on the Silk Road trade route. The area consists of many important tombs, caves, and temples, all carved out of sandstone, some with steps leading up to them. As one makes one’s way through the twists and turns of the Siq, the Treasury slowly came into view. From here, you might envision what the ancient scene must have looked like with the Bedouin tribes selling their wares and people riding by on camels.  The rose-colored tombs and monuments are breathtaking.

See the sophisticated aqueduct system this civilization built. The sandstone changes colors as you walk through the narrow gorge called the Siq, which leads to the most amazing monument one has ever seen. "I have always been interested in seeing all of the ancient civilizations in the world, but none in my mind could surpass Petra."
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It is best to arrive in the morning when the sunlight brightens the Treasury and you can see the ornate detail shine. Many people turn back at this point, making the mistake of thinking that they have seen it all. Although the Treasury is the most impressive feature, there is far more to Petra than meets the eye. Further down the path among more tombs and caves was a large theater, similar to the one I saw in Amman, that seated 8500 people. It was here people would gather for important events, meetings and religious ceremonies. Every time I turned around, I was blown away by the scene laid out before me. I recommend staying for 2 or 3 nights in this area. Besides the day exploring Petra, there are other sites in the area to visit such as Aaron?s tomb and Little Petra. On Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays you can go back at night for a second visit to view Petra in candlelight.

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