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As Sīq

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  • Day19

    Day 19c. Petra, Jordan.

    August 23, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We have our doubts about these places being just tombs. They are big with rooms and windows and really look like living quarters. We explored them marvelling at the antiquity which the intense weathering suggested.Read more

  • Day20

    Petra

    July 19, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 28 °C

    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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  • Day2

    Madaba, King's Highway and Petra

    November 20, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    As we've already got our rental car the night before we just grabbed a quick coffee and then went straight on the road around 7 AM. There was a lot on our plan for the day... But the first hurdle was to get used to the traffic and driving style. It's chaotic and dangerous but all of it at a pretty slow pace. Luckily there wasn't as much traffic as usual so I had time to adjust.
    After an hour drive south we arrived safely in Madaba, a town mainly known for its mosaics. And they're literally everywhere! With our Jordan Pass we got in the archaeological sites for free, just the main attraction did cost one dinar (about 1.5€). It's a floor mosaic of a map of Jordan. By the time it was discovered it gave quite specific locations for places about 300 AC.
    A quick snack later we were back on the road. This time the so-called King's Highway, a thousands year old connecting route going all the way South to Egypt. Naturally the route wasn't initially designed for cars so it was often winding which made our progress quite slow. The upside were the magnificent views over Wadi Mujib, one of the few Jordanian National parks. It's an oasis leading to the Dead Sea and offers hikes through the dry water bed. But around this time of the year it's closed to the public because of the dangerous spring floods. Last year a group of 22 school students with their teacher died due to a spring flood surprising them.
    Along the way we stopped at view points. At one of them a man came up to us and offered typical local tea and coffee. After the first hesitation we decided to accept and had another opportunity to enjoy the views. Then we really needed to get moving to Kerak, an old fortress with an interesting and moved past. It was a significant stronghold during the crusades.

    Initially we had planned to visit little Petra but by the time we would have got there it would have been already closed. So we skipped it and drove directly to Wadi Musa with the world famous Petra. We came there just in time to grab something to eat and then head out to Petra to watch "Petra by night". A spectacular arrangement of candles to lead the 2 km hike to the treasury - the most famous sight. This was illuminated by thousands of candles and traditional music was played by a bedouin. The feeling was surreal after having seen the building so many times on pictures.
    A fitting end for an eventful day full of new impressions.
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  • Day100

    Aqaba - Schlucht nach Petra

    April 15, 2017 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    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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  • Day3

    Petra 1 giorno!

    December 19, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ 🌙 7 °C

    Finalmente arriviamo a Petra, l’emozione di attraversa il siq e di intravedere il Tesoro è unica! Essendo arrivati di pomeriggio ci dedichiamo alla zona delle Tombe reali, lasciandoci i tour più impegnativi per il giorno seguente.Read more

  • Day4

    Al-Khazneh al-Faroun

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    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 ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    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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As Sīq, As Siq, السيق

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