Petra – 8 Most Amazing Facts.
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8 most amazing facts about Petra, Jordan:
Petra in Jordan is one of the most spectacular archaeological sites in the Middle East. It represents history, culture and architectural marvel of an ancient Arab world which flourished more than 2,000 years ago.
This wonder of the world is half-built and half-carved into the rock. It is a small desert valley covered by towering sandstone cliffs on the edges of the Wadi Araba desert. Here are some interesting facts about Petra:
- Word Petra: Word Petra is derived from Geek word “petros” which means “rocks”.
- “Rose city”: Petra is also called ‘Rose city’ due to its rose-red colored sandstone hills and also red-tinged mountains it is surrounded by.
- Swiss discovery:Petra was unknown for almost 5 centuries until it was discovered by a Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812.
- The Nabtaeans:The ancient southern Arab community ‘The Nabataeans’ built Petra as a trade route to connect to southern Asia and Greece. They arrived in Jordan around 6th century BC and were the creators of one of the most remarkable ancient civilizations.
- Al-Siq:In order to enter the Petra, one has to pass through a slim canyon of about 1 km. It is bound by tall cliffs of about 80 km called Al-Siq.
- Petra is Royal Tomb: Petra is an enormous city of tombs, monuments and sacred structures carved into stone cliffs. It has around 800 carved tombs as thus is denoted as “Royal Tombs”.
- In 1985, UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site.
- In 2007, Petra was crowned as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.