Friday, 26 May 2017

Visit Petra And Experience The History Of Archaeological Sites

The breathtaking archaeological grandeur of this city which is located in the southern part of Jordan is worth looking forward to. Petra which is proverbially acknowledged as the rose city is well-known for its fabulous ruins. Around 106 AD, Romans expanded the city quite a bit, and the place flourished as an important commercial hub. But around 663 AD, an earthquake wreaked havoc, and the flourishing trade center was soon reduced to ruins. In 1812, an explorer by the name of Johann Ludwig unfurled the ruins to give his account of the city.

One of the wonders

About, 27 years later, another explorer, known as David Roberts visited the ruins. However, the most important excavation was undertaken in 1929. Since that time, the city has been fast developing as a major tourist attraction. If you visit Petra, you will have the privilege of seeing one of the world’s seven wonders. The new list of wonders that was compiled in 2007 included the city, on account of its archeological exuberance.

The treasury in Petra Jordan ~ Mantis Tour
The treasury in Petra Jordan

A grand canyon

As you enter, the archeological park, you will come across a long canyon that winds its way through. You will come across minor carving throughout the sandstone canyon. Siq, the name by which the canyon is referred is one of the attractions of this red rose city. When you visit Petra, with the, you will come across unusual and unique sandstone patterns. The walls of the canyon are filled with these impressive patterns. The remains and ruins of pipes take you back into the past as you come to know how these terracotta pipes were used by Romans to channelize and carry water.

Mountains and Bedouin tents in wadi rum Jordan ~ Mantis Tour
Mountains and Bedouin tents in wadi rum Jordan

Supposedly contains treasure

Your visit remains incomplete until you take note of the amazing grandeur of Al-Khazneh, which is commonly known as the Treasury. The topmost part of the structure contains an urn. Don’t fail to notice it. The urn is of special significance as it is supposed to contain the hidden treasures of a Pharaoh. Travelers coming from the different parts of the world have been testing the validity of this treasure theory to find out if it really contains the king’s valuable possessions. As you make your way to the outermost part of Siq, you will come across quite a few facades. These facades contain tombs of kings and queens. The guide with whom you are accompanied by will explain the significance of facades that find themselves lined with tombs.

Grandeur in red stone

Roman Theater which highlights the architectural excellence of the Nabateans and Romans is another hotspot of Petra. The theater that has as many as seven thousand seats is valued dearly, in the current times for holding shows and performances. As you move right across the canyon, you will come across the grand tombs. These tombs are known as the ‘Royal Tombs’ because they are bigger in size than the other tombs, which you saw on the outermost part of Siq. But it is not known for whom these tombs were built. 

Desert camp in wadi rum Jordan ~ Mantis Tour
Desert camp in wadi rum Jordan

The biggest carved monument

You still have not come across the largest monument that dates back to the first century A.D. But, once you witness the monastery, your archaeological tour will find a perfect fruition. The monument’s interior is almost similar to the stone carving that is found in the Treasury. Be prepared to take eight-hundred or more steps as you make your way to the inside of the monastery. You can also have a donkey to carry you all the way up to the top of the monastery. 


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