Petra One of the New Seven Wonders of the World The rose-red Nabatean city is definitely the world wonder. Petra is without doubt Jordan's most valuable treasure, greatest tourist attraction and certainly a must-see for visitors to Jordan and the Middle East. It is an amazing place that no words or no writer can describe it. It is a story that you should not miss living it.
It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.
The narrow gorge “Siq” is your entrance to the marvelous city, you can walk or ride a horse through the 1 kilometre but in both ways; it is an experience that you would like not to end. The colours and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury).
It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of an important Nabataean king and represents the engineering genius of these ancient people. Nabateans –Arabs carved this wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock.
For seven centuries, Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesmen. Finally, in 1812, a young Swiss explorer and convert to Islam named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt heard locals speaking of a “lost city” hidden in the mountains of Wadi Mousa. In order to find the site without arousing local suspicions, Burckhardt disguised himself as a pilgrim seeking to make a sacrifice at the tomb of Aaron, a mission which would provide him a glimpse of the legendary city. He managed to bluff his way through successfully, and the secret of Petra was revealed to the modern Western world.
Petra is located just outside the town of Wadi Mousa in southern Jordan. It is 260 kilometers from Amman via the Desert Highway and 280 kilometers via the King’s Highway. There are numerous and varied 5 stars accommodations available in Wadi Mousa, as well as a few hotels on the panoramic drive between Wadi Mousa and the nearby (15 kilometers) village of Taybet.