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Petra!
July 27, 2010, 3:51 pm
Filed under: Jordan, Pictures Post

Hello again!

Another Travel Goal notch on my belt- I visited Petra today, one of the seven wonders of the world. I went with my Australian friend Ben, who I met in Amman a few days earlier, and we spent a full five hours in the inexorable heat exploring the many caves and monuments. This is the fourth wonder of the world I’ve seen (well, arguably fifth, if you count The Pyramids), and I might be going out on a limb here by saying this, but I think it’s been my favorite so far. Maybe because it’s a smorgasbord of unbelievable snapshots (I went completely camera crazy today), or maybe it’s because all of Petra is a vast city with endless hours of exploring, or maybe because the 1,000 step hike up to The Monastery (Petra’s largest monument) is such an incredible journey, and then finally reaching the top to stare in awe at a massive building that has been carved out of a colossal boulder… Petra is quite the experience.

For a little bit of background information (I feel that Petra is not talked about nearly as much in relation to other wonders, at least in the United States, so up to even a few days ago I was still confused as to what it really was)- Petra is an immense city, built in the 6th century B.C. (a little over 2,500 years ago) and was the capital of the Nabataeans, an Arab tribe that controlled much of the trade routes around the area that is now Jordan, Syria, and Saudi Arabia today.

So as one of the seven wonders of the world, Petra is a never-ending expedition (kind of like the Great Wall of China, it stretches on for ages). I could spends days there and still not have unlocked many of it’s secrets- but Ben and I got in the two major sights there (the Treasury, which Petra is famously known for, and the Monastery), so we considered it a success!

I feel like so much of Petra is about how jaw-dropping beautiful everything is, and I know all of you can’t quite imagine what it looks like without pictures, and so I present to you, Petra in picture form!

The beginning of Petra, walking downhill.

We started walking through beautiful gorges on our way to The Treasury.

Little stone carvings in the wall

I could not stop taking pictures.

These are absolutely massive!

A glimpse of The Treasury!

The Treasury, Petra’s most famous structure. This is the most impressive monument in Petra and it is carved out of a single block. AMAZING!

‘The Treasury’ is in actuality a mausoleum, used for funeral purposes. The name ‘The Treasury,’ comes from a legend that a pharaoh hid a treasure in an urn at the top.

Can you believe this was carved into a boulder? I can’t either.

Heading down to the next area of Petra

There are lots of camels, horses, and donkeys here

Homes of the Nabataeans

Exploring more of Petra

Unbelievable view

The rock formations here are incredible

Ben at Petra

The next area of Petra- Colonnad Street. This was constructed in 100-200 AD and was the city center of Petra. This area was built by the Romans when they took over the Nabataeans. You can see some of the Roman columns still standing.

Ben and I think that a lot of these people selling tourist items and offering camel and donkey rides are Bedouins, a desert-dwelling previously nomadic Arab group.

Starting our trek up to the Monastery. About 800 steps. I counted.

The walk is so worthwhile because of the gorgeous view. The majority of the tourists don’t make it to this area because it’s so far, so there are much less people on these footpaths (also, it’s off-season, which means less crowds!)

Nearly there

The Monastery. This picture literally does not do this edifice justice. Imagine trekking up mountains for an hour in 95+ degree heat, sweating, dusty, and gasping for breath- and suddenly you turn a corner and there is this unimaginable massive structure staring you in the face. Ben and I numbly sat down on two rocks and just stared at it for 20 minutes.

This may look small, but it was humongous.

Just an indicator for how colossal this structure is. That’s me in front of the Monastery.

Thanks for this awesome picture Ben! On our way back down to the entrance, about an hour and a half hike back.

One last glimpse of the Treasury.

Back through the winding gorges, now devoid of people- which makes for much better pictures.

Ben surrounded by massive gorges

On our way back out of Petra. What an amazing experience.

My feet after trekking in sand and dirt for 5 hours. Very exhausted- but INCREDIBLY worth it!

Visit Jordan and Petra, if you have the chance!

Much love,

Brittany


6 Comments so far
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Beautiful! I cam imagine it would be really incredible to see it in person!!
Love you forever,
Mama

Comment by Bonnie Boroian

Love you Mama ❤

Comment by brittanygoesglobal

Great pictures!

Comment by Patrick Callaway

Hi Brittany: What awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing them. Have fun and be safe.

Comment by Rose Boroian

I like the sieldshow! It’s nice to see some other shots that you get and I feel like you can show more pictures this way, but I also like the way that you layout just a few of the best and really put together a nice “summary” of the shoot. I think if you mixed it up and did some sieldshows/some regular lay out posts that would be fun

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