Petra: “Rose-Red City Half As Old As Time” (22 pics)

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Petra, “a rose-red city half as old as time,” is one of the world’s most famous rock-cut architectural sites. It was half-built, half-carved into the rocks and is surrounded by mountains dotted with passages and gorges. This ancient fortress is now in ruins and reportedly haunted with centuries worth of ghosts. Petra, Jordan, is situated between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, and inhabited since prehistoric times. In 1985, UNESCO designated Petra as a World Heritage Site. Petra is definitely on our bucketlist. We love these pics! [22 Photos]

Petra by Candlelight

Petra, Jordan, by Candlelight. If the gorgeous rock colors are dazzling during the day, imagine more than 1,500 candles flickering in the ancient city, through the Siq to the Treasury where Bedouin music is playing. Photo #1 by Paul Stocker

Petra City

Petra City – we don’t know about you, but this is a sight we don’t behold every day. Neither the famous rock-cut architecture, nor the camels. Photo #2 by shapour bahrami

The Monastery (Al Dier) at Petra, Jordan

The many red-hues in the rocks makes the Monastery (Al Dier) at Petra, Jordan, as gorgeous of a place as it was in prehistoric times when it was carved out of the rocks. Photo #3 by shapour bahrami

Hadrians Gate on the cardo maximus in Petra

The Hadrien Gate and the Cardo Maximum in Petra. The city quickly fell into a decline under Roman rule. Photo #4 by Jean Housen

Pretty Petra

Pretty Petra – make sure to wear tennis shoes for long treks. The ancient Nabataean city of Petra became one of the new seventh wonders of the world. Photo #5 by Adam Reeder

Petra, Jordania

Petra, Jordan, is a city of ancient tombs. Photo #6 by nemomemini

Petra -Jordan Tombs

Petra – Jordan Tombs. According to the Petra Scrolls, Petra was once a very crowded place to live with possibly as many as 20,000 to 30,000 inhabitants which works out to at least 10 people living in each rock-cut dwelling. Photo #7 by Dennis Jarvis

Petra Monastery Framed

A framed view of Petra’s Monastary (al-Deir) from a nearby cave. Photo #8 by David Bjorgen

Great Temple of Petra

Great Temple of Petra was built in the 1st century BC. The two-level structure is on of the largest complexes in Petra. Photo #9 by Bernard Gagnon

Treasury at Petra

These fortunate people visit the Treasury at Petra. Many of us have gotten no closer to Petra than scenes out of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Photo #10 by nemomemini

Petra - Siq

Tourists reach the Treasury monument in Petra after going through a long passage through a crack in the rock. The long narrow gorge is nearly 3,300 feet long and is flanked on each side by cliffs that soar over 262 feet tall. The Siq is the most famous spot in Petra. This is the end of the Siq, with its dramatic view of Al Khazneh – The Treasury. Photo #12 by Bernard Gagnon

Petra Amphitheater

Petra Amphitheater – in ancient times, this theater could hold more than 8,000 spectators. The theater was built here to also give the greatest view to the tombs which were numerous even by 1 AD. Photo #13 by Bpavacic


Petra is perhaps the most famous place for rock-cut architecture, but it also one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites. Photo #14 by Adam Reeder

Petra Street of Facades

After checking out the Treasury, tourists travel down Petra’s Street of Facades which is lined with tombs. The canyon is full of large tombs for the rich and small tombs were the poor were buried. Photo #15 by nemomemini

The Silk Tomb, Petra, Jordan

The Silk Tomb, Petra, Jordan. Photo #16 by Bernard Gagnon

Sandstone Rock-cut tombs in Petra

Sandstone Rock-cut tombs in Petra. Photo #17 by Etan J. Tal

Petra Midnight Pilgrimage

Petra Midnight Pilgrimage. Photo #18 by Didier Baertschiger

Jordan - Petra - Al-Khazneh - The Treasury

Jordan – Petra – Al-Khazneh – The Treasury. Photo #19 by Salim Al-Harthy

The tombs of the Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan

The tombs of the Street of Facades, Petra, Jordan. The tall canyons are riddled with tombs, to reach some would be like climbing a mountain. Photo #20 by Bernard Gagnon

Facade of Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan

Facade of Al Khazneh, Petra, Jordan. The Treasury during the daylight. Photo #21 by Bernard Gagnon

The Treasury - Petra by night

The Treasury – Petra by night. Photo #22 by Ben Geach

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