Petra was certainly one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. In addition to the millenary history of a people who inhabited this practically inhospitable place for 2,000 years, the city is beautiful and surprising in every detail. It is not for nothing that it is considered one of the Seven New Wonders of the World and a UNESCO heritage site.
For those who haven’t seen it yet, we made a whole vlog showing the most impressive city in Jordan. As you can’t pass so much information on the video, I decided to tell you a little more about this place and our experience here on the blog.
Petra is a city built on stones. The Nabataeans lived in this region for many centuries and, in the middle of the pink canyons and sandstone rocks, built their houses, temples, theaters and, of course, many tombs.
The curious thing is that after the region suffered several earthquakes in the first millennium, the tombs were the least affected buildings. Carved in rocks, they are spread over a huge area of the city – we even went to see the so-called Rua das Fachadas, with many tombs in sequence.
Picture – Edukavita
In order to better understand the architecture of the region, after Petra was an important commercial route, the city was conquered by the Roman Empire in the first century and, therefore, the constructions of the region have a lot of influence from the Hellenistic period.
The most famous spot in the whole city is certainly Al Khazneh, also known as The Treasury. The reason for the construction is not yet known: some say it was built for a God and others for a King. Regardless of the real reason, the construction is a true work of art and certainly needs to be included in your itinerary.
The “Treasury” is right at the entrance to the city. If you follow the same path as us, entering the Petra Archaeological Park visitor center, you will walk through a narrow canyon that opens directly into The Treasury. Paulo and I prefer to do this walking tour, because just walking slowly along this path will start the journey in a different way and the experience is completely changed.
Another point that you can not miss, even with little time available, is the Theater. Built in the Roman style and with a capacity for 7,000 spectators, the place was also carved in stone. The semicircle seats and some columns are still standing. The magnitude of this place surprises anyone.
Photo – Ao Sabor do Vento
Do you think it’s over? There are still many other points to see in Petra. As Paulo and I stayed only three hours around the region, we were unable to visit one of the most beautiful spots in the city: the Al-Deir Monastery.
Imposing, the place is a little further, 7 km from the visitor center. Despite the time to get there and the more than 800 steps, the path through the pink land is wonderful and the walk under the sun is very worthwhile! Take at least 8 hours to get to know Petra, see? With that time you will be able to reach this point in the city and be even more impressed with the buildings.
Photo – Journey of inspiration
Last but not least, the visit to Qasr al-Bint, one of the main temples in the city, is one of the most recommended. Built by the Nabataeans in 30 BC, the ruins are still standing and attract attention! Incredible, right?
Photo – Compass Whistle
As if getting to know Petra was no longer worth the whole trip to Jordan, I made a full itinerary of our day in the country to learn more – just click here 😉 In addition, another good tip for those who are going to spend more than three nights in Jordan is to buy the Jordan Pass which gives access to several tourist attractions, including Petra Archaeological Park.