Jabal al Ḩammah

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  • Day139

    Petra - Jordaniens Wahrzeichen

    January 19, 2020 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern bei dichtem Nebel, Regen und erfrischenden 3 Grad in Petra angekommen sind, dachten wir, es wäre mal an der Zeit für einen Hostel/Büro/Gammeltag... Denn auch wenn man denkt als hauptberuflicher Traveller hätte man nichts zu tun außer in einer Hängematte Cocktails zu saufen und sich Sehenswürdigkeiten anzusehen 🍹🌴🏖️🗼🗽📸, gibt es schon so einiges worum man sich zu kümmern hat :P
    Zu unserem Glück hat es dann heute Morgen aufgehört zu regnen und wir konnten die Ruinenstadt Petra sogar teilweise im Sonnenschein erkunden 🌤️ In der Antike war Petra eine bedeutende Handelsstadt und die Hauptstadt des Reiches der Nabatäer ( = Verbund nordwestarabischer Normadenstämme - So genug gestrebt🤓). Die Stadt liegt gut geschützt in die Felsen eingebettet und beheimatete zu ihrer Blütezeit rund 40.000 Einwohner. Obwohl die Fassaden der Gebäude und Grabkammern teilweise über 2000 Jahre alt sind, kann man ihre damalige Schönheit noch gut erkennen und bekommt beim Wandern durch die Schlucht einen guten Eindruck davon, wie die Stadt mal ausgesehen haben könnte.
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    Wolfgang Hess

    Muss man euch erst mal finden!

    Marlu Prinz

    Hallo ihr zwei. Ich bin nach wie vor voll begeistert und werde auch weiterhin mit euch reisen . Hab aber nicht die Nachrichten gesehen. Das mache ich jetzt anders. Ganz liebe Grüße eure marlu🥰

    Janina Lampe

    Ich hab mir schon Sorgen gemacht Marlu 😅😘

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  • Day8


    January 12, 2020 in Jordan ⋅ ☁️ 9 °C

    Matt here,

    I’ve always wanted to go to Petra. Growing up, I often looked at the mysterious picture of the Treasury my parents had framed on the wall. They walked up to this incredible structure, carved out of solid stone, through a narrow stone canyon, and in a moment of perfect drama, the ancient monument loomed out of the landscape.

    Well it was all that and more. I didn’t realise just how vast and sophisticated the Nabatean city of Petra was. 50,000 people lived there, trading with every culture of the Mediterranean world. They had huge ornate temples, ingenious hydraulic systems, and beautiful architecture that combined the Graeco-Roman style with the Oriental style of the Levant. The place is full of mystery - buildings loom around corners, dark doorways denote hidden domains.

    I got a bit overexcited and bought two ancient Nabatean coins (from the time of Christ!), and a couple of ammonites for good measure (echoes of boyhood rock collecting).

    To reach the breathtaking heights of the region, we rode some very patient donkeys. As we went we saw other donkeys resting inside the ancient Nabatean rooms along the way.

    Well the view from the top was incredible. Brutally jagged gorges in stratas of every red, terrifyingly deep and terrifyingly beautiful. In the words of Grace O’Toole, “God is great.” From there we saw the Arabah, the division between Jordan and Israel. We’ll be there soon!...

    (addition from Jordan - the person not the country... classic gag...)
    After a huge day, we were ecstatic to visit a Turkish bath! Matt didn’t come with us - but it was exactly what we needed after a massive day of walking. Went to bed feeling very blissed out
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    Jeremony Ryan

    I won’t assume he’s a donkey 😂

    Jeremony Ryan

    Matt looking a bit MT 😂

    Jeremony Ryan

    Oh he’s gorge ous


    So enjoying following your travels. 🤗

  • Day19

    Day 19f. Petra, Jordan.

    August 23, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    We passed several more grand tombs before the path turned into a staircase meandering up up up clockwise around the mountain. We were not sure where it could lead us but after about 20 minutes we thought we might enquire. We were delighted to discover that this was the trail to lead us up above the Treasury. We intended to find this trail next and had steeled ourselves for that climb. Miraculously we were already half way up. It got steeper and more rugged but finally we made the top. Locals had erected a shelter and sold "cold" drinks. The view down to the Theatre and Treasury were remarkable.Read more

    Michelle Hodgins

    Congratulations, an amazing effort. There's no way Paul and I could manage that so great to see it through your lens.

    Susan Green

    It was exhausting. The heat is draining. Three days are needed for Petra. I am pleased we don’t have another day of climbing. The crowds thin out significantly the higher and further you go from the Treasury building. There are options of horse drawn carriages and horse and donkey rides.

  • Day10

    In der Antiken Stadt Petra

    October 28, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Wenn man an dem Schatzhaus vorbei geht, nähert man sich dem Zentrum der Stadt. Man geht die sogenannte Fassadenstraße entlang, hinter den unterschiedlichen Fassaden im assyrischen Stil befinden sich die Gräber für wichtige Leute der Stadt zeitlich errichtet vor dem Bau des Schatzhauses.

    Weiter führt uns der Weg zum großen Theater aus der nabathäischen Zeit. In den Fels gehauen und nach Osten ausgerichtet, um das Morgenlicht zu nutzen, ist Platz hier für 7.000-10.000 Menschen. Es fanden auch religiöse Zeremonien statt, ein nachgewiesener Altar in der Mitte ist Zeugnis davon.
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    Lieve and Luc

    Eintracht is everywhere 😀

  • Day4


    November 24 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    You Indiana Jones fans recognize this building. For those of you who are not fans, this is the so called Treasury at Petra that was featured in the Last Crusade. Most archaeologists these days think this is a tomb, most likely royal. But whatever it was, this building hewn out of the rock face is the only possible picture to headline a post about Petra. And it is another of those places that is far more impressive in person than in a book or on a screen.
    Petra is a significant archaeological site with human habitation evident to at least 7,000 BCE. What we see dates to the Nabataeans who made this place their capital. It is highly defensible; has reliable water and is in a great location astride one of the main caravan routes of antiquity. All making this a good guy profitable place.
    The 2nd picture looks down the main street towards the rest of town from near the Treasury. The 3rd picture is more rock carving of tombs, probably royal or noble.
    Petra was highly cosmopolitan. You can find traces of many ancient cultures here. As an example, the tomb carving in the 4th picture has an Assyrian motif.
    The 5th picture is of the Nabataeans' theater. This was remodeled by the Romans. I bet you thought Sky Boxes were a modern invention.
    The last picture is at the far end of the main street looking towards the sacred quarter where one of the temples of the Nabataeans remains standing and is visible through the gate. There are ruins of a Roman temple to the left.
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  • Day7

    Petra is just 🤯

    October 26 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Of course you need more than a day in Petra. Everything less should be illegal 😃 We went go visit Little Petra. It's a similar town, way smaller though. So the plan was to see it in 15 minutes. It's a quick walk through, but we found this awesome café and the driver wasn't impressed that we took a whole hour 😊 But it was just so nice and we met this guy who was playing this instrument made of sheep. See pics 😊
    You can go to the Monastery either through Petra or the back entrance, which means no tourists and lots of desert. Hiking time! So while you walk you meet kids selling you donkey rides, you meet locals and you can sit and drink tea with them! So nice 😊 You basically come from outside to the inside of Petra by walking on stairs, hills, rocks, you name it. And views you see on the way are just amazing! There are actually chairs on the way where viewpoints are. And nice bedouins selling you tea, "original coins" and offer you a burning wood when you ask for a fire to light a smoke 😂 Oh, and goats be there too. Of course. It's such a wonderful trek, so much beauty, the journey is more worthwhile than the destination ❤️ Don't get me wrong, Monastery is wonderful and HUGE!
    Every day can be such priceless and beautiful beyond expectations. Jordan just never stops giving. I love this place 😊
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  • Day4

    Petra along the Entry Road

    November 24 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 12 °C

    Petra is one of those places that is so large, it takes more than one post to capture just a portion of it. And it is so captivating that it takes more than one post, too. I've allocated 3.
    The entry road is a portion of the caravan route (see the main Petra post). It not only served as an easily secured road, it also was a necropolis, part of the water collection and storage system, an art gallery and more.
    The 1st picture shows carved niches that probably held statues of gods. The 2nd picture shows the deep canyon through which the road runs. The 3rd picture is some of the original paving stones from more the 2,000 years ago, still in situ.
    The 4th picture is more of the canyon. You can make out carving on the right hand wall.
    The 5th picture is a portion of the water channels that were built along both walls to channel water from the springs up above and from collected runoff from the side canyons to direct the water to large cisterns. Selling water to travelers was there 1st big business.
    The last picture is just before the end of the road. The bright wall bid bike through the gap is the Treasury. All in all, a very impressive entry to the city.
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  • Day4

    Ad-Deir, "the Monastery," Petra

    November 24 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    This is the 2nd famous location at Petra after the Treasury (see the Petra post). And it is sometimes mistaken for it's more famous neighbor. It is unlikely that this was actually a monastery. It probably was carved as some sort of religious site, and it seems likely that it may have been used as a church in the Byzantine period
    It is located on the ridge high above the valley of Petra. In fact, the climb to reach it involves climbing more than 900 steps.
    The 1st picture is ad-Deir. The 2nd picture is an open flat area nearby that could have been part of the purpose of the ancient site. The 3rd picture is of rock carvings opposite the area in the 2nd picture.
    The 4th picture is a paved walkway leading away from ad-Deir towards the places that overlook the surrounding area
    The 5th and 6th pictures are a couple of the views over the surrounding wadis.
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  • Day17

    Day 17d. Petra, Jordan.

    August 21, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We continued on a minor hilly path through Qasr al-Bint and up to the churches to the Winged-Lion Temple, Blue Church and The Church.
    Back down to the main street past the Nymphaeum and the Theatre.
    The Nymphseum is a semi circular public fountain. Six Nabataeum columns decorated the facade and it received water from a tank located on the other side of The Valley. It is shaded by a 450 year old wild pistachio tree.
    The Theatre, an Amphitheatre is carved into the side of the mountain. It consists of three rows of seats separated by passageways. It can accommodate 4000 spectators.
    We staggered back to the Sunset Hotel at 3:30pm for a shower and sleep.
    There is no alcohol in the restaurants so we had a beer in the bar of the Petra Palace Hotel and then a magnificent freshly made dinner at our local restaurant The High Castles.
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    All your entries look amazing - is Ron ecstatic? Craig will be very interested in all this I'm sure. Sending love - Lina

    Susan Green

    Ron is mega ecstatic. He’s had Petra as a bucket list for a long time.

  • Day6


    October 25 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Alright! Petra time! And got named Mr. Corona the first thing in the morning by a bus guy. Yeah, I coughed instead of saying my name 😃 So... It's basically just a 10JOD 3h ride with a Jett bus from Amman to Wadi Musa. Desert road with a beautiful scenery around. Quick nap and there we were! Along we had the best sandwiches (vegi stuff) that we just bought on the street, so yummy!).
    After settling into hostel (er.. cabin) it was time to go where Indiana Jones went. A semi-short stroll through the canyon and there we were - the treasury of Petra. Amazing as I thought! This is amazing. There weren't THAT many tourists which was fine.
    Many guides want your attention but we picked the one who was the least pushy. So he took us to the path above to see the treasury. Along the way we got all kinds of info, kicked some little green thingies for the tea (I drink so much of this here). Basically this is just an entrance. And then the whole show opens. Theater. Sacrifice stone. Tens of homes, holes, stone walls of all kinds of colors. Just majestic! It all about hiking, climbing, taking a extra effort to avoid the tourists and experiencing this huge and beautiful old town. Enjoying the views. Beyond words. Also just like every proper city - they have transport here - donkeys and camels. I love their sweet soft steps 😊
    Note the video - calling for the prayer. Just amazing.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Jabal al Ḩammah, Jabal al Hammah, جبل الحمّة