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Winter break, Jordan - Petra - 15 December 2007

Tourist office at the entrance to Petra
The start of the visit
Tomb of the Obelisks and Tomb of the Triclinium
The Djinn Blocks
A fig tree
Bab al Siq
Petra! Remember the movies 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade' and 'The Mummy Returns' - they were filmed here. The name 'Petra' is derived from the Greek word meaning 'rock'. Petra is a rocky plateau surrounded by sandy plains. Petra is the legacy of the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people who settled in Jordan more than 2000 years ago. They dominated trade routes of ancient Arabia, levying tolls and sheltering caravans. Ultimately, however, the Romans annexed Petra.

To explore Petra fully will take 3 days. You will have to stay in Petra. What we managed to see and visit is only a small part of Petra. From the entrance of the Siq to the 'Khazana' (Treasury) alone, made famous by the Indiana Jones movie, is at least 1.2 km. There is a shrine (makam) for Prophet Haron (Aaron) high atop Mount Aaron.

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