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Petra (Jordan)

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By: Carlo Piccinelli

Petra on Google Maps.
The long canyon carved into the tender red rock of the Jordanian desert leads the visitor to a real archaeological jewel, Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataeans. Abandoned in the 8th century, it was only rediscovered in 1812 thanks to the research of a Swiss archaeologist, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Entirely excavated in the rock, the city consists mostly of tombs, a Roman theater and numerous monuments, the most famous of which is the temple of Khasneh al Faroun, the first that appears in the eyes of tourists at the exit of the narrow canyon that leads to the forgotten city. The visit to the city takes place along the bottom of a large valley surrounded by high rock walls in which the ancient tombs are dug. At the end of the valley begins a path that climbs up the mountain until you reach the splendid monument of El Deir. An unforgettable journey in the history of Jordan.
Useful links for more informations:
www.visitpetra.jo
www.jdtours.com
http://uk.visitjordan.com/