Rose red city, half as old as time- Petra is undoubtedly the most highly admired tourist destination of Jordan. An important name in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites, this history-rich city is simply one of the most amazing wonders ever shaped by man and nature jointly. From the majestic red mountains to the expansive monoliths of a departed race, there is so much to explore in this truly enchanting piece of land. Tourists can opt for one of the exciting Petra tour packages offered by Yatra.com to explore the place in an extremely expedient manner.
Petra is located on the slope of a mountain called Hor in the southern part of Jordan. The city boasts of a long and impressive history, which dates back to almost 312 BC. This magnificent city is known to have once served as the capital of the Nabateans, the early Arabs of North Arabia. The only way to enter the city of Petra is through a narrow gorge, which was formed by tectonic forces and gradually smoothened by water erosions. Known as Siq, this entrance route is almost 1.2 km in length and the height of the gorge varies from 300 to 600 ft. Siq, in itself, is a spectacular attraction that is sure to lure every tourist coming for a holiday in Petra.
The exiting point of Siq presents tourists on Petra tour with one of the most breathtaking architectural feat of all times - The Treasury (al-Khazneh in Arabic).
It is an intricately designed temple that flaunts stunning Greek influenced architecture. Carved out of a huge red-sandstone rock, the facade of the temple is 30 m in width and 43 m in height. Built during the 1st Century AD as a mausoleum of a Nabatean emperor, this temple features an 'urn' at the top of the main entrance, which is believed to contain a treasure that belonged to the Egyptian Pharaoh. Introduced in the Steven Spielberg movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and later featured in many more movies like Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and TV Series: Adventures of Tintin, this prized possession of Petra is worth a visit. Among other attractions that are bound to leave an everlasting impression in the hearts and minds of visitors vacationing in Petra are the Street of Facades, Roman Theatre, Royal Tombs, Monastery and Wadi Musa. With such an extensive variety of things to entertain tourists, Petra truly is a place worth visiting.
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