Umm al Bi”ār

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  • Day248


    May 3, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Today was our first day exploring Petra, an ancient Nabatean city built from first century BC. An 8 am start meant that we practically had the place to ourselves for the first 2 hours. It is an incredible place to behold and explore - especially if you like rocks (which I do!). Even our children found it pretty “cool” (though it did get pretty hot)...Read more

  • Day11

    Petra, Jordan

    January 12 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    The most amazing sight I’ve ever witnessed!!!! Went on an over 21km hike up a massive mountain and saw the coolest view ever! It really makes you realise God’s glory...(a camera cannot even begin to capture the beauty of it)Read more

  • Day6

    Aufstieg zum Kloster Ad -Dier gemeistert

    March 24, 2019 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 13 °C

    Das war Reinhards persönliche Challenge. Die 800 Stufen zum etwa 1900 Jahre alten Kloster der Nabataäer unter König Rahel II. Später haben die Christen sich das Gebäude geschnappt und zum Kloster umfunktioniert.Read more

  • Day4

    The Monastery

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    From the main part of Petra, is a trail of mostly steps up for 2.5km to Ad Deir, or the Monastery. It's one of the largest in Petra at 47m wide and 48.3m tall. It's a considerable hike up, and has a little peak a bit further that has a great view over it.

    Hidden high in the hills, the Monastery is one of the legendary monuments of Petra. Similar in design to the Treasury but far bigger (50m wide and 45m high), it was built in the 3rd century BCE as a Nabataean tomb. It derives its name from the crosses carved on the inside walls, suggestive of its use as a church in Byzantine times. The ancient rock-cut path of more than 800 steps starts from the valley floor and follows the old processional route.

    The courtyard in front of the Monastery was once surrounded by columns and was used for sacred ceremonies.
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  • Day4

    Viewpoint over Rift Valley

    October 8, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Further along from the Monastery a trail leads up to stunning hazy viewpoints over Wadi Araba, Israel and the Palestinian Territories and south to the peak of Jebel Haroun, topped by a small white shrine.

    After that I had to back track all the way down, through Petra and the Siq. A total of over 19km, tiring but a fulfilling day.
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  • Day6

    Petra (Teil 2)

    September 15, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Desto mehr wir uns vom Visitor Center entfernen, je weniger Touristen gibt es. Wir beeilen uns voran zu kommen, um die 400-900 Stufen (es gibt verschiedene Angaben) zur Kleine Schatzkammer zu schaffen, ehe es zu warm wird.Read more

  • Day289

    Petra, the lost city

    October 28, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Over two days in the ancient city of Petra, we hiked 20 miles, climbed a lot of stairs, explored some well preserved ruins and saw some great views.

    My favorite place was by far the Treasury building, which seemed extra special as the tour groups don't go that far into the city.Read more

  • Day2


    February 13, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Heute sind wir von Eilat über die jordanische Grenze zur Petra gereist. Bei kaltem Wetter haben wir die ersten Eindrücke gesammelt 😊

  • Day5

    Petra (Monastery)

    November 21, 2018 in Jordan ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Before venturing on a challenging hike up the mountain (it´s only 250m difference in height but it´s VERY VERY steep), we embark on an even more daring adventure: the toilets. Leaving aside the legendary queues of the ladies´ loo, in this side of the world most of the “facilities” are… ehm… interesting experiences.
    We pass the test (even though the conditions were actually worse than we feared) and we start climbing up on the “Monastery trail”. The trek consists of steps carved in the stone of the mountain side. The main problem is actually not the fact that everything is narrow and slippery, but rather that you have to constantly watch out for the donkeys bringing up the laziest tourists…

    As expected, the idea of doing a “group hike” promptly fails after a few hundred meters and I end up climbing up with Elke, who luckily has my same pace. The last hike I did was at the end of July and it feels like an era ago. Quite surprisingly my leg don’t seem to feel the same, but I wonder if they will change opinion tomorrow…
    On the way up I see some beautiful pashminas and I make the terrible mistake of promising to stop on the way back. If I don’t keep my word, the seller will track me all the way up to Munich…
    Thanks to a good combination of cooler weather (the sun is now slightly veiled and the temperature has dropped significantly) and generous legs, we reach the summit in less than an hour. And what awaits us beats our (actually non-existing) expectations: the “Monastery” is a majestic monument even bigger than the treasury built on the top of the highest mountain of the region!
    The best part is yet to come: by climbing up around 20 meters higher, we reach a lookout point from where we have a spectacular view not only of the Monastery but also on the valley on the other side. The Nabateans called this point “The end of the World” and honestly the feeling is not far away from that expression…
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Umm al Bi”ār, Umm al Bi"ar, أم البيار

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