The Mystery and Myth of Petra
The rose-red city of Petra provides modern travelers a glimpse into an ancient civilization. This civilization carved the evidence of their existence deep into the sandstone rocks that jut into the Jordanian skies.
As you wander through the miles of sandy roads, the domes of eroded mountains are visible in all directions. If you are like most visitors, the sheer size of this amazing piece of history is going to take your breath away.
History of Petra
As you explore this amazing region, your guides and the archeologists are going to point to their excavations and the aerial imaging that maps out what remains of the city, which is still buried in the sand. You will also encounter mythologists. Rather than focusing on the facts of the civilization, this is where you can learn the tales, legends, and stories that have been passed down through time. The facts along with the myth, weave a complex, yet intriguing, tale of the “whys” of Petra.
Planning Your Visit
Did you know you can explore the city of Petra during the day, and at night? There are night tours that allow you to see this amazing civilization in an entirely new perspective. There are several options to choose from, based on what you want to see and your budget for your travel plans.
Some other attractions to see during your visit include:
- Bab As-Siq: This is a trail that runs from the ticket booth to Siq. There are monuments and tombs to see during your trek.
- Siq: A gorge that was created when the mountain was broken into two pieces by tectonic forces.
- The Treasury: This is one of the views that draws so many visitors to Petra each year. It is carved out of the mountains and originally built as the tomb of Nabataean King Aretas III. This is the highlight of the trip, but only the beginning of your visit.
- Street of Facades: After the Treasury, the path is going to widen and present a more open area. Here you can see houses and tombs built inside the sandstone mountains more than 2000 years ago by the Nabataeans.
If you are planning a visit to Petra, then there are a few things you must take the time to see. There is no question that this is a magical city that offers amazing sites you will never forget.