Hit the highlights of Jordan in this action-packed four days. View spectacular Wadi Rum by 4×4 before spending a night in the desert in the company of local Bedouin. Explore the magnificent red rock city of Petra and be amazed by the well-preserved Roman city of Jerash. Jordan has so much to offer!
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Petra the New World Wonder
By: Rand Muhtaseb
Petra, the new world wonder, is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction.
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.
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.
The city was the capital of the Nabateans -Arabs who dominated the lands of Jordan during pre-Roman times- and they carved this wonderland of temples, tombs and elaborate buildings out of solid rock.
The Victorian traveler and poet Dean Burgon gave Petra a description which holds to this day -”Match me such a marvel save in Eastern clime, a rose-red city half as old as time.” Yet words can hardly do justice to the magnificence that is Petra.
It’s recommended to visit Petra in the quiet of the early morning or late afternoon when the sandstone rock glows red with quiet grandeur.
Much of Petra’s fascination comes from its setting on the edge of Wadi Araba. The rugged sandstone hills form a deep canyon easily protected from all directions. The easiest access to Petra is through the Siq, a winding cleft in the rock that varies from between five to 200 meters wide. Petra’s excellent state of preservation can be attributed to the fact that almost all of its hundreds of “buildings” have been hewn out of solid rock: there are only a few free-standing buildings in the city.
Until 1984, many of these caves were home to the local Bedouins. Out of concern for the monuments, however, the government outlawed this and relocated the Bedouins to housing near the adjacent town of Wadi Mousa.
Petra is also known in its Arts, which are Sand Art Bottles, in which colored Sands are drawn in very artistic way inside the bottle to produce Amazing views, like Desert,Mountains,Lakes,camels,Etc. Nabateans were the Founders of this Art. What make it Unique are its Sands, which are taken from the Heart of Petra Mountains.
Sand bottles Art becomes one of the most well-known folk Arts of Petra, Wadi Rum & Jordan. If you went to Petra, you will notice the existence of many Artists Shops alongside the road, in which they present and sell their Arts to the Tourists and visitors.
And many Professional websites started to be specialized in selling this Art to the world, like this one which I find it amazing, which i recommend Sand Bottles.
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