Petra is a Jordanic city of the prehistoric era that was carved directly in vibrant red, pink, and white sandstone cliffs. The discovery of the mysterious locales led the city to be named as one of the seven wonders of the world. The beauty of Petra is a thing to behold and visiting the city is an experience of a lifetime.
History Of Petra
Archaeologists have discovered only 15% of Petra. Moreover, no archaeological evidence dating back to the 4th century B.C. has been found. The earliest findings date back only to the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C.
Multiple Greek scrolls dating back to the Byzantine period were discovered in December 1993.
Petra lost its importance due to various reasons. The sea-trade routes started getting more preference and Rome had taken formal possession of the city.
Facts & Fictions Of Petra
There are multiple tombs and dozens of other carved or constructed structures within Petra.
The movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade has many scenes filmed in Petra. The movie holds up the extraordinary beauty of Petra but there is more than meets the eye. As the Bedouin Tribesmen living in the city say, these are marks of open firing done by the locals seeking to loot the urn.
How To Visit The City Of Petra?
Petra is a three-hour drive from Amman. Petra cannot be listed as a one-day trip. The city is almost four times the size of Manhattan and is spread over hundreds of miles. Bus routes, camel, horses and donkey rides are common but Petra is best traveled on foot.
The raw beauty of Petra attracts millions of visitors. The whole city is an intricate art-work. It is carved on a natural stone background that changes its color with every hour of the passing day. Petra tells a story of a civilization that got lost in time. Such is the beauty of Petra that it is impossible to tell or know the whole story behind the formation and erosion of the city.
When To Visit The City Of Petra?
Spring and Autumn are times of soothing weather and fantastic lights. Although one can absorb the beauty of Petra all year round. Summers are beautiful, but they can also become unbearably hot. January and February being the coolest months, can be considered to be the ideal time of visit. But the occasional downpours can be troublesome. Sunrise and sunset are when Petra glows at its best. So make sure to be there during these hours whenever you visit.
The Swiss explorer Johann Burckhardt discovered the city in 1812. Even to this day, the wholesome beauty of Petra remains undiscovered and the city continues to spill its secrets. In 2016, archaeologists discovered a structure buried in the sand with the help of satellite imagery. It is no wonder why Petra is one of the seven wonders of the world and continues to be one of Jordan’s most visited attraction.