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As Sīq

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  • Day20

    Petra

    July 19, 2017 in Jordan

    A full day walk around the ancient city of Petra, carved into rock around 300BC. We met our guide, Hamsa, at 8.30am, returning to the hotel at 3pm.

    Tickets to Petra vary whether you spend a night in the area (50JD = $100ea), or just visit on a day trip (popular with the cruise ships that dock in Aquaba on the Red Sea, 90JD = $180).

    We took the road less travelled today, leaving the main path not far from the entrance and climbing to the cliff top opposite The Treasury, the most iconic and best preserved building in Petra.

    From there we crossed the valley to the Obelisk and High Place of Sacrifice (finding a cache at both locations ☺), then descended into the valley to see The Treasury and Siq at ground level, before the long, hot walk out.

    We had a welcome swim in the hotel pool, had booked in for a Turkish Bath and massage, but no one was at the centre when we arrived, so grabbed a pizza and headed back for an early night.
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  • Day100

    Aqaba - Schlucht nach Petra

    April 15, 2017 in Jordan

    Durch eine absolut beeindruckende Schlucht geht es zu Stadt Petra. Die duechquerung der Schlucht dauert in etwa eine halbe Stunde, wobei es beim Hinweg noch leicht bergab geht. 😅

    An manchen Stellen ist die Schlucht laut Reiseleiter über 100 Meter tief. Dort durchzugehen gehörte zu den Besten Momenten der Weltreise. 😀

    Als wir das Ende der Schlucht erreicht haben konnten wir bereits die ersten Gebäude von Petra erkennen. 😄
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  • Day100

    Aqaba - Petra

    April 15, 2017 in Jordan

    Die Stadt Petra ist definitiv eine Reise Wert. Sie beherbergt eine unglaubliche Anzahl an Gräbern und Gebäuden die in die Berge hineingebaut wurden. 😄

    Über 800 Konstrukte sind hier zu beobachten, für eine komplette Besichtigung sollten ca. 3 Tage eingeplant werden. An 2 verschiedenen Stellen kann man 600 bzw. 800 Stufen nach oben steigen um eine unglaubliche Aussicht über die Stadt zu genießen. 😊

    Leider hatten wir dafür keine Zeit, vielleicht kommen wir in nächster Zukunft ja noch einmal nach Jordanien. 😊

    Petra beherbergt übrigens auch ein unglaublich großes Amphitheater. 🤤
    Weiters ist interessant zu wissen, dass der "Boden" von Petra noch immer unter einer 7 Meter dicken Steinschicht begraben ist. Die Fassaden sind also teilweise nur zur Hälfte zu sehen. ☺

    Auf der Fahrt zurück zum Schiff sind wir noch bei einem Aussichtspunkt stehen geblieben, dieses Foto zeigt die Landschaft von Jordanien in dieser Gegend sehr gut. 😄

    Ab jetzt geht's in Richtung Heimat, nächster Halt EUROPA!😍
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  • Day4

    Al-Khazneh al-Faroun

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan

    Known locally as the Treasury, this tomb is where most visitors fall in love with Petra. The Hellenistic facade is an astonishing piece of craftsmanship. Although carved out of iron-laden sandstone to serve as a tomb for the Nabataean King Aretas III, the Treasury derives its name from the story that an Egyptian pharaoh hid his treasure here (in the facade urn) while pursuing the Israelites.

    Some locals clearly believed the tale because the 3.5m-high urn is pockmarked by rifle shots. As with all rock-hewn monuments in Petra, the interior is unadorned. It's 40m high and 28m wide. They started carving it from the top down, so as not to damage it.
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  • Day4

    The Siq

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan

    The Siq is a narrow gorge which is the only access to Petra, and is 1.2km long. This was the original course of Wadi Musa (River of Moses). Two water channels were carved in the wall sides, on the left drinking water, and eroded from the right the toilet water.

    At one time the Siq used to flood from the local river, so the Nabataean's built a dam at the entrance and diverted it through an 86m tunnel they also built. This then rejoins the Wadi Musa at the start of the Colonnade Street inside Petra. This meant Petra was never without water for domestic needs, filling the fountains, and irrigating the surrounding fields.

    Side gulleys of the Siq were also dammed to stop flooding, which still need to be maintained. The Siq also originally had an entrance arch and drawbridge. The rock walls of the Siq reach a maximum height of 80-90m, and in some stretches are just 3m apart.
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  • Day4

    Street of Facades

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan

    Continuing in the direction of the city, we go through the part of the Wadi Musa valley known as the Outer Siq. This stretch of road is also known as the Street of Facades, because of the amount of Royal tombs that align it.

    To the right, the great massif of Jebel Al Khubtha looms over the valley. Within its west facing cliffs are burrowed some of the most impressive burial places in Petra.

    Known locally as the Treasury, this tomb is where most visitors fall in love with Petra. The Hellenistic facade is an astonishing piece of craftsmanship. Although carved out of iron-laden sandstone to serve as a tomb for the Nabataean King Aretas III, the Treasury derives its name from the story that an Egyptian pharaoh hid his treasure here (in the facade urn) while pursuing the Israelites.

    Some locals clearly believed the tale because the 3.5m-high urn is pockmarked by rifle shots. As with all rock-hewn monuments in Petra, the interior is unadorned. It's 40m high and 28m wide. They started carving it from the top down, so as not to damage it.

    Petra is also known as the rose-red city, a name it gets from the wonderful colour of the rock from which many of the city's structures were carved. The Nabataeans buried their dead in intricate tombs that were cut out of the mountain sides and the city also had temples, a theatre, following the Roman annexation and later the Byzantine influence, a colonnaded street and churches.

    In addition to the magnificent remains of the Nabataean city, human settlement and land use for over 10,000 years can be traced in Petra, where great nature, cultural, archaeological and geological features merge.
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  • Day5

    Petra by Night

    November 21, 2018 in Jordan

    Today was one of the most remarkable days in my life so far, but I think (or rather, my legs think) that I will wait a few years before setting foot into Petra again: this hike marathon will definitely be remembered by my lower body for quite a while. Well, apparently our guide decided otherwise...
    The programme for tonight is indeed visiting Petra by night! 😢

    After the amazing dinner buffet offered by our restaurant (by far the best one of the trip and, probably, of my travelling life), we jump on the bus and we follow the well known route to the Petra gate. By the time we get there it´s already 8pm, which means it´s completely dark (the sunset is at 4.45pm). Luckily we will only walk till the Treasury (approx. 30-40 minutes), where a special show awaits us...
    Already the path leading us towards the Siq has something magical: on both sides of the trek thousands of candles covered by paper lanterns light up the way to the Siq and continue until the clearing of the Treasury.

    During the walk I get the chance to spend some time with Rut, lovely Spanish girl I had ready briefly met before the trip during one of the pre-meetings...and the time flies!
    When we finally get to the Treasury, the clearing in front of the monument is dotted with hundreds of lanterns. We sit on the floor on some cushions and we admire this wonder while being served a super sweet mint tea. The only sources of light are the candles and the full moon in the sky, but it's incredibly bright!

    After a short wait the show finally starts: while we stare at the facade of the monument, some musicians start playing and singing bedouin chants. The atmosphere is really unique but many people leave after a while because honestly the melody is not the most exciting. But it's a big mistake...
    In fact, at the end of the performance a fantastic lighting show starts and the facade of the Treasury starts changing colour every few seconds! I obviously start taking pictures and I almost set myself on fire... 🔥Too focused on my photo reportage, I happen to step on a lantern which turns immediately into a torch and I only notice it when the flame starts roasting my leg. Well, I think from now on I will remember that paper burns well... 🙄

    It's already 10.30pm when we reach the bus and head back towards the hotel. Some of us decide to stay in town, including my room mate. All fine so far, if it were not for the minor detail that she has the room key... Another interesting evening is about to start 🙈
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  • Day3

    The Treasury in Petra

    October 2, 2018 in Jordan

    "Discovered" by Europeans in 1812, this site is listed among the seven new wonders of the ancient world. Actually the whole site is incredible (and a triumph of plumbing). The most famous part is surely the Treasury (actually a tomb), made famous in Indiana Jones.

  • Day5

    Petra (The Treasury)

    November 21, 2018 in Jordan

    The gorge is truly impressive and keeps narrowing down until it suddenly opens up in a small clearing. In front of us stands the "Treasury" , the most important monument of the Petra archaeological site. It carries this name because people believed that a treasure was hidden in the top part of this impressive tomb. The decorations contain both Roman and Greek mithology.
    The small natural clearing in front of it has been turned into a sort of marketplace with small souvenir shops, dromedaries and even some people dressed up as ancient Nabateans!
    This place is impressive but I'm quite disappointed because the most beating attraction was at the very beginning of the visit and the rest won't worth as much. Well, I couldn't be more wrong...
    On a side of the clearing the Siq continues and we see some glimpses of something none of us was expecting: a whole city carved in the mountain side! And the best is still to come...
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  • Day5

    Petra (Al Siq)

    November 21, 2018 in Jordan

    The departure is set for 8am as usual but by the time my room-mate leaves me the bathroom and I have my shower is already 7.55am. I run anyways to the breakfast room aiming at grabbing something to bring to the bus, but when I get there I see that Kishore has also just arrived and he ensures me we can take our time. Peter, however, doesn't share his view so that I am literally forced to swallaw my poached eggs while I am already running to the bus... 😢

    At 8.10am the bus finally leaves and our guide isn't thrilled about the delay... During the drive to Petra he manages to confuse us again: yesterday evening he spent 30 minutes repeating that no matter what happens, even if an alien invasion were abpu to start, we have to be at 4pm at the bus. Well, now he destroys this one and only certainty we left the dinner with: at 4pm we have on the bus, but if we are early we can meet at either yesterday's restaurant or at the visitors centre or at one of the cafés... Something tells me that half of us will end up either in the wrong place or at the wrong time. 🙄

    We finally get to talk about the visit to Petra: there is a main track that will lead us all the way till the end of the valley (called Al Siq) and several side tracks, mostly climbing up the mountain sides. We have 8 hours to spend on the site, which should be enough to cover the main track and one of the side ones.
    Abdullah warns us that there will be many kids trying to sell us all kind of souvenirs and pleads us not to buy anything: these kids should go to school and if we buy from them we would encourage this business.
    And here we are... Finally in Petra!

    After passing the gate, we start walking on a desert road in a pretty wide valley. On both sides there are sandstone hills with clear signs of human activity. In front of a beautiful tomb Abdullah decides to have the first stop to give us some background information about this place, which has been included in the "new 7 wonders of the world"...
    The City of Petra was built 2.500 years ago by the Nabateans, an ancient Arab nomad population which lived in this area between 400 BC and 109 AD, when the Romans arrived.
    Petra was unknown to the Western world until the beginning of the 19th century. It's called "the hidden city" for this reason and also because according to archaeologists only 30% of Petra has been discovered.
    The Nabateans understood the dangers of the floods (especially in winter) and built a dam. Now all the water is used for irrigation, but back in the days there was water running all the time. They were probably wiser than us, since no longer than two weeks ago the site had to be evacuated due to a major flood...

    The valley we are walking in suddenly stops and in front of us there is a wall of rock with only a narrow fracture: it's the famous Siq. Most of the gorge was naturally carved by the water, but in some cases we see the marks left by the hammers used to enlarge it.
    The Nabateans didn't give their Gods a human shape, but rather the form of a stone and we see several of them along the way. One of the many stops is at the "marriage stone", where Abdullah shows us how the wedding ceremony was performed...by "marrying Alison" 🤵👰
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You might also know this place by the following names:

As Sīq, As Siq, السيق

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