Petra Tours from the Holy Land

Petra

Petra, as Beautiful as the Pyramids but without Connotations to Jewish Labor!

Petra, literally “rock” in Greek or “the rose city” by its common nickname, is an ancient Nabataeans city located in the south of Jordan. Only approachable to non-Muslims since the late 50’s, Petra is now considered one of the seven new world wonders and for a good reason: the city, whose structures were carved from the side of local red rock mountains, is an absolute architectural and archeological marvel, and today stands as Jordan’s most significant tourist attraction. So how can you get there and what are you expected to see? Read more to find out. Touryourway offers epic Petra tours¬†from Jerusalem for those who want to see this world wonder and expand their middle east experience and get back to the comfort of their Jerusalem hotels.

 

The Many Attractions of Petra

When a traveler comes to Petra he or she has to pass through the Sik Canyon, a narrow passages of smooth red rock, before he or she can see the city emerging, almost by surprise, at the end of it. This journey makes Petra seem as if it is born right in front of your eyes, and sets the tone for the entire visit.

The most notable structure is the Al-Khazneh, or “The Treasury”, an impressive Nabataeans temple that is the city’s greatest trademark. Having a dominant classical Greek-influenced architecture, Al-Khazneh demonstrates what a major axis of world trade and travel Petra used to be. The Al-Khazneh was made famous by its pop culture representations like in the famous film Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and it is indeed very fitting for Indy to travel to the Al-Khazneh which is said to be holding the treasure of Pharaoh.

One other notable site is the City of the Dead, the town cemetery, which is a wonder to behold. In the middle of it, the Nabataeans have erected a giant theater that could hold up to eight thousand people that watched the ancient burial ceremonies.

The A-Dir, “The Monastery”, is located on the heights of Petra, and is only reachable via a long climb composed of 750 steps. It is more than worth the climb, because the A-Dir is the biggest structure in whole of Petra. As a result of the marks made by passing Christians, the A-Dir has received its nickname because the locals though it might be an ancient church. ¬†While it probably isn’t that, it is still well worth seeing.

A Note on the Journey to Jordan

Today, crossing the border between Israel and Jordan is no hassle. The road is beautiful, and offers a chance to gaze at the many wonders of middle eastern scenery. The tour takes a whole day, and is completely safe given that you choose a trusted service provider like Touryourway.