Visiting Petra, an outstanding archeological site in western Jordan, is a dream of many travellers. The word Petra means ‘rock’ and it was the capital of Nabatean Kingdom. Petra’s magnificent temples and tombs are carved entirely on red sandstones and this feature makes them unique religious buildings in the world. The adjoining rocky landscapes spread with historical sites have got an exceptional enchantment.
Petra has been a city of great religious eminence since olden days. Its relations with the Old Testament make Petra a special place. The nearby Spring of Moses is believed to be where Moses struck a rock with his staff to get water. Aaron is said to have died in Petra and he had been buried on the top of Mount Aaron.
The remarkable history and fascinating sights of Petra bring in about 2500 visitors here each day. Al Khazne, one of the most highly structured buildings in the ancient city of Petra, is an excellent example of classical architecture. Being the most stylish monument in Petra, it is a dazzling wonder for all visitors.
Obelisk Tomb and Bab as-Siq Triclinium form a perfect example of the blend of Eastern and Western styles. Egyptian as well as Roman influence can be seen here.
The ancient main entrance to Petra, named As-Siq, is a narrow gorge of amazing natural glory. One can see here the colorful rocks, water channels cut into the cliffs, and dams. Qasr el-Bint, the temple of Dushares, belongs to the Parthian ‘flight’ type of temples with solid-looking silhouette, dominates a large paved holy zone. The craftsmanship of its construction shows that it was a highly expensive project.
Urn Tomb, the most impressive of the Royal Tombs, was turned into a Byzantine church. In 1990, the remains of a Byzantine era church were discovered on the north slope of the Colonnade Street. The church contained mosaic floors, marble screens, side rooms, a baptismal tank, and a room full of burnt scrolls, now known as the Petra Scrolls. Located just above the main church is the blue church and the Red Church is located just above it giving the finishing touch to the top of the hill.
Today, Petra is a centre of attraction and you will be surprised to see such an awesome place of world heritage.Tags: Petra, tourism, travel