Petra (cmrs)

Our Hotel in Petra
Our Hotel in Petra
Our Hotel in Petra
Our Hotel in Petra
Site Entrance
Site Entrance
Ubiquitous
Ubiquitous
Petra
Ubiquitous
Ubiquitous
      
Ubiquitous
Ubiquitous
Petra
Transportation to the Siq
Transportation to the Siq
On to the Site
On to the Site
The Obelisk Tomb
The Obelisk Tomb
Al-Siq
Al-Siq
      
Al-Siq
Al-Siq
Al-Siq
Al-Siq
First Glimpse of the Treasury
The Treasury
First Glimpse of the Treasury
The Treasury
Start of Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Start of Street of Facades
Street of Facades
      
Entrance, Al-Siq
Entrance, Al-Siq
Entrance, Street of Facades
Entrance, Street of Facades
Left of the Treasury
Left of the Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
      
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
Tourist Police
Tourist Police
      
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
Interesting Erosion
Interesting Erosion
Inside the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
      
Inside the Treasury
Inside the Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
The Treasury
From the Treasury
From the Treasury
Under the Grate
Under the Grate
Al-Siq
Al-Siq
      
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Tomb 67, Street of Facades
Tomb 67
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
      
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Tomb 70
Tomb 70
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
      
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades, Inside a Tomb
Street of Facades
      
Petra
Petra
Petra
Traveling Companions
Traveling Companions
Traveling Companions
Traveling Companions
Traveling Companions
Traveling Companions
      
Traveling Companions
Traveling Companions
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
The Theater
The Theater
The Theater
The Theater
      
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades, Aneiosho Tomb
Street of Facades
Refreshments, Theater Cafe
Refreshments
Petra
      
Jabal Al-Khubtha
Jabal Al-Khubtha
Petra
Petra
Palace and Corinthian Tombs
Palace and Corinthian Tombs
Palace Tomb
Palace Tomb
Corinthian Tomb
Corinthian Tomb
      
Tomb of Um
Tomb of Um
Petra
The Colonnaded Street
The Colonnaded Street
The Colonnaded Street:
The Colonnaded Street:
Temenos Gate
Temenos Gate
Temenos Gate, Detail
Temenos Gate
      
Temenos Gate, Detail
Temenos Gate
Temenos Gate
Temenos Gate
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
Qasr Al-Bint
      
Petra
Petra, Transport Back to the Treasury
Petra
Petra
Petra, Colonnaded Street
Petra
      
Traveling Companion
Traveling Companion
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Trusty Steed
Trusty Steed
Street of Facades
Street of Facades
Street of Facades, toward the Treasury
Street of Facades
      
Traveling Companion
Traveling Companion
Back at the Siq
Back at the Siq

 

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Evidence suggests that settlements had begun in Petra in the eighteenth dynasty of Egypt (1550 - 1291 BC).  It is not known how far back the Nabataean, Aramaic-speaking Semite, settlement goes, but it does not go back farther than the 6th century BC.  Pliny the Elder identifies Petra as the capital of the Nabataeans and the center of their caravan trade.&nbswp; After the Nabataeans the dominant civilization combines Greek, Egyptian and Syrian elements, pointing to the age of the Ptolemies.  Towards the close of the 2nd century BC, when the Ptolemaic and Seleucid kingdoms were equally depressed, the Nabataean kingdom came to the front.  Under Aretas III Philhellene, (c.85–60 BC), royal coins begin.  The theatre was probably excavated at that time.  The fine tombs are dated from the reign of Aretas IV Philopatris, (9 BC–40 AD).  In 106 that part of Arabia under the rule of Petra was absorbed into the Roman Empire.  A century later, in the time of Alexander Severus, when the city was at the height of its splendor, the issue of coinage comes to an end.  There is no more building of sumptuous tombs.  Meanwhile, as Palmyra (130–270) grew in importance and attracted the Arabian trade away from Petra, the latter declined.  The Monastery, Petra's largest monument, dates from the 1st century BC.  It was dedicated to Obodas I. Christianity found its way to Petra in the 4th century, nearly 500 years after the establishment of Petra as a trade center.  At least one of the tombs (the "tomb with the urn") was used as a church.  After the Islamic conquest of 629–632 Christianity gave way to Islam.  During the First Crusade Petra was occupied by Baldwin I of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and remained in the hands of the Franks until 1189.  Petra declined rapidly under Roman rule.  In 363 an earthquake destroyed many buildings, and crippled the water management system.  The ruins of Petra were an object of curiosity in the Middle Ages and were visited by Sultan Baibars of Egypt towards the end of the 13th century. The first European to describe them was the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.

We ran into a sand storm when we arrived in Aqaba.  Visibility remained somewhat compromised throughout our stay in Petra.

Reference/s: Wikipedia

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