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Petra, Jordan

Petra in Jordan is one of the world’s most revered and fascinating sites, but is also one of the least well-known. This ancient city lies just north of the city at Beidha in Jordan and is believed to have been inhabited since prehistoric times. Home to the Nabateans Arabs, Petra in Jordan was the capital city of this cultural group. The city was painstakingly carved out of the rock face itself, creating majestic tombs, temples and buildings that have stood the test of time.

The reason that Jordan’s Petra city is not so well-known is because it was a closely guarded secret for many years. It was only introduced to the Western world when Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt discovered the city in 1812. Today it is known as one of the new wonders of the world and is a protected World Heritage Site.

What Not to Miss on a Trip to Petra, Jordan

There is much to see on a trip to Petra in Jordan, but there are a few places and experiences that should not be missed. Al Deir is about an hour’s climb up through the city, but is the area’s most worthwhile attraction. This ancient monastery is one of the city’s most spectacular architectural features and offers some of the most breathtaking views known to man. Al Khazneh is better known as the city’s treasury and was built completely out of rock, standing at over 40 feet. Both treasure and people were entombed here and bullets holes from Bedouin pirates attempting to break in can still be seen.

More than Just History

Besides the incredible architecture and beautiful scenery, Petra in Jordan offers many other exciting activities. The Basin restaurant is situated right in the heart of the city of Petra and lies at the base of the monastery. No where else in the world will you experience such fine cuisine in a more magical location. For those looking for a little more excitement, the Crowne Plaza Resort has a cocktail lounge complete with dance floor and a fun vibe. Partying the night away in one of the oldest cities in the world ensures some unforgettable memories.

Oasis Overland offers unforgettable trips to Petra in Jordan as part of their many overland adventure travel tours of the Middle EastContact the team at Oasis Overland to find out more.

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