Two Days Tour to Petra
Although located in remote part of southern Jordan, Petra is a major tourists destination. Petra is famous mostly for its tomb facades carved in the local colorful sand stone. These decorated tombs reflect the legendary wealth of the Nabateans, whose fortune was based on spice trade some 2000 years ago.
The entry into the Petra is a spectacular 600 m walk along a long and narrow passage (“Siq“) whose walls were carved with cultive niches.
The most famous tomb facade is called “el-Khazane” (English: “The Treasury”). By local Bedouin tradition it use to contain a treasurery, some of which might be still hidden. Most archaeologists believe it was a tomb, but of whose there no clear agreement.
Behind the “khazane” and the ancient theatre, an additional set of monumental tombs were perhaps of Nabatens Kings. Unfortunately non were found with an inscription to clarify the identity or even the full use of these carved structres. One tomb became a church complex in Byzantine times, and near it another church proved to contain a rare collection of papyrii.
From the main city one can hike to “Jabel Haroun” – the site identified by Muslim tradition with the tomb of Aaron. Another possible hike reaches an isolated and exceptionally big tomb facade which the locals call “Ed-deir” (English: “The Monastery”).
It is highly recommended to arrive to a hotel near Petra a day earlier, to start exploring the site before the crowds and the heat. A populare option is is to cross over from Israel by Eilat, and tour Wadi Rum on the way to Petra, either in a Jeep tour or an ATV tour.
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