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.
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.
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.