One Of The Wonders of the Ancient World: Petra

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    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.

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    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.

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    A night in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum | Atlas & Boots


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    A night in the Jordanian desert of Wadi Rum | Atlas & Boots


    And this....

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    None of which prepared us for Petra...
    ...a rose-red city half as old as time.
     
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    If those are pictures of the desert at night, why are there shadows from the sunlight?
     
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    I wonder if they used bronze or the new fangled iron to carve with?
     
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    They turned it into an ash tray...
     
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    Bazaar Planet | Ancient Civilizations | Jordan | Petra

    "The Nabataeans, ... were an Arab[1] people who inhabited northern Arabia and the Southern Levant, and whose settlements, most prominently the assumed capital city of Raqmu, now called Petra,[1] in AD 37 – c. 100, gave the name of Nabatene to the borderland between Arabia and Syria, from the Euphrates to the Red Sea.


    Trajan conquered the Nabataean kingdom, annexing it to the Roman Empire, where their individual culture, easily identified by their characteristic finely potted painted ceramics, became dispersed in the general Greco-Roman culture and was eventually lost. They were later converted to Christianity. Jane Taylor, a writer, describes them as "one of the most gifted peoples of the ancient world".[2]"
    Nabataeans - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    Alas....the city we call Petra was abandoned.....some say due to earthquakes, some say the growth of Islam changed trade routs.





    Petra
    John William Burgon
    It seems no work of Man's creative hand,
    by labour wrought as wavering fancy planned;
    But from the rock as if by magic grown,
    eternal, silent, beautiful, alone!
    Not virgin-white like that old Doric shrine,
    where erst Athena held her rites divine;
    Not saintly-grey, like many a minster fane,
    that crowns the hill and consecrates the plain;
    But rose-red as if the blush of dawn,
    that first beheld them were not yet withdrawn;
    The hues of youth upon a brow of woe,
    which Man deemed old two thousand years ago,
    Match me such marvel save in Eastern clime,
    a rose-red city half as old as time.



    ....it remains today, a true wonder of the world.
     
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    There's been a PBS program on Petra...

    ... they measured it with laser scanners.
     
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