SUNSET & SUNRISE
Petra is known as the ‘Rose City’ in southern Jordan
This historical and archaeological site is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Visit Petra and witness its strikingly coloured city, with impressive buildings carved into sandstone canyons. This architecture dates back to the third century BC and is one of the New Seven World Wonders.
WHY WE LOVE
The Treasury, also known as Al-Khazneh, is one of the most popular and well-known sites found within this Jordanian region. This makes sense considering it is one of the most elaborate temples of the ancient Arabic World and is located within a stunning rose-coloured desert. But the beauty doesn’t end there, there’s also a location called ‘Little Petra’. This smaller version of the famous city is also an archaeological site that was built by the Nabateans. Don’t let its name fool you; Little Petra is home to some major buildings and sandstone canyons. The area consists of three open areas connected by a 450-metre (1,480 ft) canyon.
Visit Petra which is home to magnificent scenes and locations.
Petra as a whole has managed to astound travellers and archaeologist alike. Despite its impressive age, the city has continued to ‘wow’ all those who visit it with its elaborate stone-cut architecture and water conduit system. The magnificent city displays the full range of the ancient Nabataeans wondrous talents. They converted everything into art. Everything from the development of water infrastructure within the arid area to the design of the Treasury, and its perfect alignment with the Sun, shines light on the complexity and astounding mastery of the ancient desert people. Water infrastructure included terraces, channels, settling basins, aqueducts, dams, rainwater harvesting, flood harvesting, groundwater harvesting, a large range of size and types of cisterns, reservoirs created by dams, water distribution tanks, and springs. Throughout the Petra area there are hundreds of cisterns. They were one of the only people capable of bringing water to such a unique surrounding. You owe your body and eyes a visit to Petra, as well as your mind and spirit. Therefore, we suggest you educate yourself on what daily life was like for Petra’s thriving multicultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual society and peoples by talking to the Bedouins of the area. Share a tea and marvel at the wonder that is Petra.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Petra is home to over 800 individual monuments.
- That if you visit Petra, you will be visiting one of the oldest metropolises in the world. The city was first established in 312 BC.
- The site became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007.
- Petra is listed as one of the Smithsonian Magazine’s “28 Places to See Before You Die”.
- The Rose City has been the location for a number of Hollywood films including Indiana Jones; it has also been featured in TV programmes, music videos and video games.
- A 2014 study, published in the Nexus Network Journal, led by a team of archaeoastronomers who measured Petra´s celestial alignments suggest that the Nabateans purposefully built Petra's most sacred structures to align or ‘light-up’ during important celestial occurrences such as the summer and winter solstices and the equinoxes.
- Archaeoastronomy is a branch of archaeology that focuses on the use of astronomical techniques to understand that happenings of the sky used by prehistoric civilizations.