Petra / The Rose – Red City - One of the New 7 Wonders
T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) wrote: "...so you will never know what Petra is like, unless you come out here. Only be assured that till you have seen it you have not had the glimmering of an idea how beautiful a place can be."
And I’m adding to what Lawrence said: Yes you can see it on a photo, you can watch it on a film or TV , but this is something that you will not understand or Feel what it is till you see it by your eyes
Words from our Experience
Petra is a huge city, and it has hundreds of sites to see, so if a visitor would like to see most of the places in Petra, he can easily spend three days on the town – Wadi Mousa city , and visit different places on each day … But it’s also possible to see most of the main sites in Petra in minimal time which could be achieved in few hours visit … In order to Accommodate different guests and visitors demands and needs which mostly is restricted to time and budget limits , we – in Jordan Private Tours & Travel has designed different plans to visit Petra – Petra Tour , but the base plan is Petra Full Day Tour visit , we also combined another places to visit on different tour plans like Petra and Wadi Rum two days tour visit , little Petra - Petra two days tour visit , little Petra – Petra and Wadi Rum three days tour visit , Dead Sea area, Mount Nebo , Al Shobak Castle, Dana and Al Mujib Natural reserves are covered as well on the two days tour plans, Petra visit is doable in one day tour from Amman so don’t be frustrated with longer day plans if you are restricted to time and budget limits …
Petra name came from the Latin word ‘petrae’ ,meaning ‘rock’, lies in a great rift valley east of Wadi Araba in Jordan about 80 kilometers south of the Dead Sea – 260Km to the south – South-west of Amman – Jordan Capital. It came into prominence in the late first BCE (BC) through the success of the spice trade. The city was the principal city of ancient Nabataea and was famous above all for two things: its trade and its hydraulic engineering systems. It was locally autonomous until the reign of Trajan, but it flourished under Roman rule. The town grew up around its Colonnaded. Following the flow of the Wadi Musa, the city-center was laid out on either sides of the Colonnaded Street on an elongated plan between the theater in the east and the Qasr al-Bint in the west. The quarries were probably opened in this period, and there followed virtually continuous building through the first and the second centuries CE. Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.
There are numerous and varied accommodations available in Wadi Mousa (the main city of Petra) , as well as a few hotels on the panoramic drive between Wadi Mousa and the nearby (15 kilometers) village o f Taybet. Camping is now illegal inside Petra and its considered a reserve, organized and controlled by the RSCN (Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature).
History of Petra :
For seven centuries, Petra fell into the mists of legend, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins and Arab tradesmen, Therefore Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. Finally, in 1812, a young Swiss explorer and convert to Islam named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt heard locals speaking of a "lost city" hidden in the mountains of Wadi Mousa.In order to find the site without arousing local suspicions, Burckhardt disguised himself as a pilgrim seeking to make a sacrifice at the tomb of Aaron, a mission which would provide him a glimpse of the legendary city. He managed to bluff his way through successfully, and the secret of Petra was revealed to the modern Western world. Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.
Two Crusader-period castles are known in and around Petra. The First is al-Wu'ayra and is situated just north of Wadi Musa. It can be viewed from the road to "Little Petra". It is the castle of Valle Moise which was seized by a band of Turks with the help of local Muslims and only recovered by the Crusaders after they began to destroy the olive trees of Wadi Musa. The potential loss of livelihood led the locals to negotiate surrender. The Second is on the summit of el-Habis in the heart of Petra and can be accessed from the West side of the Qasr al-Bint. Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.
According to Arab tradition, Petra is the spot whereMoses(Musa) struck a rock with his staff and water came forth, and where Moses' brother,Aaron(Harun), isburied, atMount Hor, known today as Jabal Haroun or Mount Aaron. The Wadi Musa or "Wadi of Moses" is the Arab name for the narrow valley at the head of which Petra is located. A mountaintop shrine of Moses' sister Miriamwas still shown to pilgrims at the time ofJeromein the 4th century, but its location has not been identified since. Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.
The Great Temple of Petra:
The Great Temple of Petra was first explored by Brunnow and Domaszewski, but it was Bachmann, in his revision of the Petra city plan, Who postulated the existence of a “Great Temple,” aligned with the Colonnade Street, Lying on the hillside to the south. He speculated that the temple was approached through a monumental Propylaeum with a grand staircase leading into a colonnaded, terraced Lower Temenos, or sacred precinct. Another broad monumental stairway led to a second, Upper Temenos. At its center was the temple, with yet another flight of stairs leading into the proper, While no standing structures were revealed before these excavation, the site is littered with architectural fragments, including column drums, probably toppled by one of the earthquakes which rocked the site .Given the promise of the Great Temple precinct and its importance in understanding Petra’s architectural and intercultural history, it is remarkable that it remained unexcavated until 1993 when the Brown University investigations began. Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.
The Monastery : From the Qasr Al-Bint, it takes around an hour to reach one of Petra’s most spectacular constructions, al-Deir “the name is the translation of the Arabic” is ("The Monastery"). Petra's largest monument, dates from the 1st century BCE. It was dedicated to Obodas I and is believed to be the symposium of Obodas the god. To truly experience Petra’s immensity and power, a visit here is essential. Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.
Petra One of 7 Wonders :
Renowned for its charm and ancient cultural heritage, Petra marks the achievement of an impressive civilization, the Nabatean Arabs, who perfectly carved the city into its mountains. It was considered themost important strategic location as a link and point of convergence between the Arabian Peninsula tothe south and the Levant in the north, to the far country of China and to the heart of EuropethroughSiq. Petra represents a central convergence of the old trading roads between the ArabianPeninsula, Levant, China and Europe.
Locations in Petra :
The Dam- The Siq – The Treasury - The Street of Facades – The theater – The silk tomb – The Monastery – The Great Temple – Churches – Baptism Street and the Area of Sacrifice . Petra Day Tour from Amman will give you the chance to visit the rose city in one day trip tour.