Day 17. Petra, Jordan.August 21, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C
A fabulous breakfast. Everything I hoped for. Fresh hummus, tahini, beans, chickpea, yoghurt dips, dates, fruit and pita bread. Ron had the cooked options.
An exhausting day today walking up and down steep steps in 32 degree heat from 9:30am to 3:30pm.
We resisted all the persistent offers of air conditioned donkeys, camels, horses, carriages and guides starting from age 8.
The Siq opens up onto the Treasury (Al Khazna). It is overwhelming at almost 40 metres high and intricately decorated. It is crowned by a funerary urn, according to local legend, conceals a pharaoh’s treasure.
Bab Al Siq
The Treasury (Al Khazna)
The Street of Facades
High Place of Sacrifice
The Temple of the Winged Lions
The 5th C Church, the Blue Church.
Petra was mostly destroyed by a large earthquake in 363 AD. The earthquake and changes in trade routes eventually led to its downfall and it was abandoned by the middle of the 7th Century AD.Read more