This is the famous Treasury in Petra, Jordan. It is actually a tomb carved into rock. Notice the immense size. Laurence, on the right, hauled my butt all over Egypt and Jordan.
This picture is here by popular demand (My mother asked me to put in, and we have to do what mom says). I like that it shows me on a camel but the people in the Treasury are barely noticeable. In order to get a proper perspective of the immense size of the Treasury, you really need to see the people - but I do like that camel.
We road a horse drawn carriage through this siq (gorge) to the Treasury.
To reach the ancient
Nabatean city of Petra, visitors travel on horseback, on foot, or
by horse-drawn carriage through the Siq, a winding, one-kilometer-long
fissure in rose-red sandstone cliffs over 300 feet high. At its end,
the Siq emerges into a sunlit canyon surrounded on all sides by magnificent
cliffs into which the Nabateans carved hundreds of temples, tombs,
burial chambers, dining halls, baths, staircases and other amazing
structures. The site had all its water piped in through clay water
channels you can still see in the Siq. When Romans captured the site,
they built more temples and a Roman theater seating 3,000. If you
saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, you will recognize Petra as
the site where the final scenes were filmed.
The exact age of Petra is unknown, however, some scholars say it was mentioned in the Old Testament, making it over 2,000 years old. The Greek and Roman architectural influence confirms this.
It is hard to imagine creating a city by carving it into rock 2,000 years ago.
Since the "Afterlife" was more important than life, tombs were much more elaborate than homes, which were also carved into the rock.
Markers like this guided caravans to Petra. Sand bottle art is a familiar site in Jordan. While in the Holy Land, I learned how to make Holy Water. You start with regular water and just boil the Hell out of it.
Sa‘ed had a spa in the hotel. It was complete with steam room, massage table and lounge.
This was our tour guide (on the far left), Naiym of Petra. He is an excellent guide. He can help book hotels and with tours in other areas of Jordan. He is also a great photographer and took some of these pictures. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
This is Mohamed. He drove us from Petra to Amman. He only spoke a few words of English but his expressions and gestures spoke volumes. He explained to me that his father had a stroke and was paralyzed and that he had provided care for him.
The picture below is from our guide, Naiym.
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