Jordan: Off the Beaten Track at Petra

Written by Claire Pfann

May 13, 2008

Here is Petra, the capitol city of the wealthy Nabateans, especially in the first century AD. These early Arabians had a caravan trade that was the envy of the ancient world. If you think mall – an opulent, designed-to-impress mall – you’ve got some idea of what this city used to be like. After the Crusaders, it was lost to the Western world until 1812. Its imposing carved-into-the-bedrock tombs draw crowds from all over the world, but Petra’s very size preserves some of its mystery. Most tourists visit for a day; it would take a month to fully explore its out-of-the-way canyons.

Next up: Lawrence of Arabia territory.

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