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As Sīq

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16 travelers at this place:

  • Day4

    Al-Khazneh al-Faroun

    October 8 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.Read more

  • Day4

    The Siq

    October 8 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 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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  • 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. 😄Read more

  • 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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  • 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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  • Day3

    The Treasury in Petra

    October 2 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.

You might also know this place by the following names:

As Sīq, As Siq, السيق

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