The Nabatean city of Petra

Apr 6, 2010

This is one of the wonders of the world; Petra is an archaeological relic in Jordanian. This beautiful place lies between the mountains which form the eastern wing of a large valley of Wadi Aramba, precisely in the lowlands. Petra means rock, a former city that was founded by chiseling the stone walls, exactly in a 40-meter-high rock.

Petra was founded by Nabatean tribe in nine eighteenth dynasty of Egypt by the King Aretas IV as the city that are difficult to be attacked by enemy and secure from natural disasters such as sandstorms. Petra was the capital of the kingdom, which was built with an elaborate irrigation system and a theater that holds 4000 people.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate prize-winning sonnet by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage.

Now, this place is opened for tourist. In 2006 the design of a Visitor Centre began. The Jordan Times reported in December 2006 That 59.000 people visited in the two months October and November 2006, 25% fewer than the Same Period in the previous year.


genial said...

kuk saiia klu denger kata-kata petra, yang teringat tu salah satu kantor berita dimana gtu...!??!?!!? hhhmm... sama satu lagi, drummer saiia dulu namanya juga petra... lohhh... hubungannya?!?!?!??!

April 17, 2010 at 7:20 PM

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