Located in Southern Jordan, Petra was the capital of the Nabateans, whose weatlh from incense trade was spent on showy tomb facades in the local colored sandstone. It is reached from the east, after a spectacular walk in a gorge (the Siq ), ending in the Al-Khazneh (English: “The Treasury“), which was a Royal tomb. Beyond it are countless tomb facades carved in the local colorful sandstone, a Roman style city, with its main temple (“Qasr el-bint” ) still in tact.
An extension of the tour can include the “Monastery” (“Ad Deir” ) , the High Place of Sacrifice , or the Tomb of Aaron . East of Petra one can also visit Ayn Musa (“Moses’ Spring”). Petra is one of the most impressive archaeological sites in the world (!).
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Petra is in the southern part of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. It is about 2 hours drive from the Israeli border crossing near Eilat , and takes 3-4 hours to explore. Entry into Jordan also requires setting a visa.
A short presentation of a Private Tour to Petra
Points of Interest in the Area
|Petra Night Tour|
|Eight Days Tour of Jordan|
In my last visit to Petra I was pleasantly surprised to see a new Museum has being opened next to the main entrance to Petra. Free of charge (at least for now..) this new museum is a result of a $7M grant from Japan, and its spectacular modern design is made by Japanese architects Yamashita Sekkei. Its galleries present about 300 objects, 50 of them presented to the public for the first time. Additional artifacts are expected to be presented on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of art in New York. My favorite gallery was of the presentation of some