The city of the pink rocks of Peter is located in the cut down rocks of the desert of Jordan. He was created by hardworking residents more than 2000 years ago. In the heart of the desert, the monumental city of Peter grew, the name of which in translation denotes « skala ». Being in the mountains, depending on the time of day, the city acquires a different color of light pink, dark red shades. This architectural masterpiece is built at an altitude of 900 meters above sea levels in the Sik River Valley.


You can get into the middle of Petra by overcoming the path a kilometer long through a narrow gorge between the sheer cliffs. The steps carved in the rock open the incredible beauty of the ancient settlement.

This architectural monument was the capital of the kingdom of Nabatey. Since Petra was located at the intersection of two trade routes, merchants were paid tribute from caravans walking through the desert. For hundreds of years, trade has been the main income that brought wealth and luxury to the townspeople. For many centuries, the Nabatean kingdom has been the center of highly developed culture.


But behind the heyday of trade, there was a decline when the Romans opened trade routes east across the sea. Petra gradually became empty, lost in dunes. The flowering city for several centuries became « dead », and the treasure of the east became forgotten for almost three centuries. The find for modern civilization was the new discovery of ancient Petra in the 19th century.

On the territory there are many buildings of various shapes and sizes, consisting of majestic temples, residential premises, religious buildings, royal tombs and tombs. More than 800 structures have reached our days. The Treasurer, located right at the exit of the gorge, as if meeting guests, is considered the most important architectural monument. The height of the structure is more than 40 meters. Its main purpose was to store money. Climbing 800 steps up you can get to « Shots » - a sacred place of worship of the gods and the commission of sacrifices. Here is the Ed Deir Monastery. On the top of the cliff there are also observation platforms, from where you can admire the beauty of Petra's architecture. The incredible beauty of Peter at night under fire about two thousand candles.

Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

This masterpiece of world art strikes to the core with its beauty and mystery, presenting great value to admirers of ancient architecture, annually attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world.

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Petra - geographical coordinates
Latitude: 30.328889
Longitude: 35.440278


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