A few weeks ago I visited the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and had the pleasure of seeing what is truly a wonder of the ancient world....the rock carvings known as Petra. Jordan is the Middle East nation ruled by the Hashemites originally from Mecca, Saudi Arabia. They were the first rulers of Jordan, the Emirate of Transjordan, British-controlled territory 1921–46. Petra Nights Tours Jordan: July 2011 Three quarters of Jordan is rock-strewn desert, and much of the rest is mountainous. The miracle of Petra is found in those mountains, not far from Jordan's only port, at the Gulf of Aqaba. A night in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum | Atlas & Boots A night in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum | Atlas & Boots And this.... None of which prepared us for Petra... ...a rose-red city half as old as time.