Jordan
As Sīq

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  • Day4

    Street of Facades

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    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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  • Day19

    The Treasury, Petra

    November 19, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Around one last bend in the Siq and we see our first glimpse of The Treasury. It's breathtaking in the afternoon sun!

    Built/carved in the sheer and solid rock, it stands around 30m high and has elements representing "time" throughout. 7, 12, 24 and 31 all feature in the count of various parts of the building.

    It was a functioning Treasury in its day ... Petra was located very close to the trade and commerce routes making it easy for citizens to bring their taxes of animals, food and the like to the Treasury where the taxman would collect the agreed portion. Elsewhere in this labyrinth of the Siq there are Royal dwellings, Monastry, tombs, and much more. Many are partly completed and appear abandoned when the Nabateans left.

    We are not allowed inside but understand the excavation is extensive in there.

    We don't have time to go to the next major building, so look around this rather large open area, still 60-odd meters below the ground above.
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  • Day20

    Petra - erster Tag

    February 28 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Von zwei anderen Mitbewohnern unseres Hostels lassen wir uns animieren, früh um 6, also mitten in der Nacht, aufzustehen und kommen dadurch tatsächlich mit schönem Morgenlicht und wenig anderen Menschen in Petra an.
    Wir laufen durch den Siq, eine etwa 70 m tiefe und 1,5 km lange Felsenschlucht, in der wir die Wasserrinnen sehen können, die Teil des für die frühe Zeit (3. Jahrhundert v. Chr.) so besonderen Bewässerungssystems der Nabatäer war und wohl wesentlich Anteil hatte, dass diese einzigartige Felsenstadt einst so florierte. Als Kreuzungspunkt wichtiger Karawanenwege (z.B. für Weihrauch und Myrrhe) und durch die Felswände gut geschützt, lebten hier einst 40.000 Menschen. Bekannt geworden ist der Ort wegen seiner monumentalen Gräber und Tempel, die direkt in die Felsenwände gemeißelt wurden. Als einzigartiges Kulturdenkmal wurde es in die Liste des UNESCO-Weltkulturerbes aufgenommen.
    Gregor gibt uns eine Einführung und wir bestaunen die besonderen in Fels gemeißelten Kunstwerke und die gesamte Landschaft. Alma hat viel Freude an den vielen Eseln und Pferden, Kamelen, Katzen und einem besonders niedlichen kleinen Hund. Und an den vielen Stufen. Davon gehen wir hunderte nach oben, um zu dem Felsentempel Ad Deir, auch Kloster genannt, zu gelangen. Karin nerven die langen Wege und sie kommt doch tapfer mit nach oben. Wir machen zwischendurch kleine Pausen, werden von den Souvenirhändlern am Wegesrand zu einem Tee eingeladen und sind auch hier wieder beeindruckt über die Freundlichkeit der Menschen: kaum ein Tourist kauft derzeit bei ihnen und doch schenken sie Alma kleine Figuren und lehnen strikt das Geld ab, wenn wir ihnen dafür oder für den herzlichen Tee etwas da lassen wollen. Oben angelangt machen wir eine Siesta und genießen einen atemberaubenden Ausblick. Ein sehr beeindruckender Ort.
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  • Day6

    Petra (Teil 1)

    September 15, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    Zwischen 200 v. Chr. und 300 n.Chr. hatte Petra ihre Blütezeit. Damals floss noch ein Fluss durch die unteren Teile der Stadt. Sie gilt als Hauptstadt der Nabatäer. Entstanden ist sie vermutlich bereits 1000 v. Chr., wobei die erste Besiedlung nochma tausen Jahre früher stattfand. Heute ist Petra eines der modernen Weltwunder.Read more

  • Day7

    Petra (Teil 4)

    September 16, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Auf dem Weg zurück zum Zentrum kommen wir an verschiedenen Gebäuden und ehm. Tempeln vorbei. Diese kann man nun endlich betreten.
    Ein anderer Weg führt auch berghoch und bietet einen Blick auf die Große Schatzkammer. Endlich oben angekommen, stellen wir fest, dass man für den ‘perfekten Ausblick’ in einem Laden etwas kaufen müsste. Zum Glück sieht man das Gebäude auch von anderen Punkten, aber nach der Tortur des bergauf Laufens hatte ich leider etwas mehr erwartet.Read more

  • Day5

    Petra by Night

    November 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    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 ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    "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.Read more

  • Day5

    Petra (The Treasury)

    November 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    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 mythology.
    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 ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    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 swallow 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 about 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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As Sīq, As Siq, السيق

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