The purpose of this journey was to look at this Wonder – ancient Nabataean’s city Petra in Jordan.
A little of history
Nabataean’s kingdom reached its zenith about 2000 years ago. Its capital was the city of Petra. Nature, time, water and wind crated in mountain mass midst hilly desert of Present Jordan the narrow passage, driven to small valley, in which the Nabataeans have built their capital. All buildings were cut out inside the earth material.
At the beginning of Common Era the city had been gradually losing its commercial importance and finally decayed. Petra was again discovered by Swiss archeologist only in 19th century.
Our “spy” mission
Now we are driven by bus from Akaba airport to Petra. There are glorious views of Jordan all around. Like this…
In order to be like the native population and watch insensibly, we took a decision to wear the national clothes.
It has “worked”!
I was a single man in all Petra in such clothes.
As a matter of fact we became the subjects of special focus of the tourists (their cameras were snapshoting continually) and local Gypsies (though they call themselves Bedouins).
The Passage to Petra
This is the road to the ghost city Petra – narrow and curving passage in the Jordan mountains with 3 km in length.
Sometimes it becomes narrower…
sometimes it widens.
Inside one of its walls ancient craftsmen carved camel and his driver. There is a barrel over there, pads are below, the driver is straight before us (to be more precise – his legs only). There is a water pipe midst camel’s pads. Unfortunately time was cruel with this creation.
While my photographer is shooting me, I am taking photos of her. Do you see the stair beyond her, which will take us nowhere? One can often meet them here.
Here is one of them – the stairway to heaven.
I did scam a little bit. Cannot do without it.
Petra – Capital of the Nabataeans
Until this moment we admired the miracles of nature. But suddenly the artificial miracle has appeared. The contrast, impressions and shock were significant!
THIS was just carved inside the mountain!
No drawings, no disc-parts of the columns, as Greeks did, – just carved inside the stone – top to bottom.
It hard to believe, but it was made by people 2000 years ago!
And it’s not required the interior décor – it is beautiful without it.
There are various commercial buildings all around.
And this one is, perhaps, some important Ministry. The stairs is again carved. I’ll have a look.
But ubiquitous Romans could capture even such a strengthened by nature city as Petra was. It stands to reason, that they carved the theatre inside the rock immediately.
As well as their cathedral.
The rich Nabataeans have had the bigger caves… well, apartments, even with two floors, stairs and passages sometime.
But the majority of apartments are one-room.
Though due to nature efforts it’s no need to decorate walls and ceiling.
It seemed that my photographer has tired and took a rest in the sun.
All right, I’ll call a chopper then
On our return trip the Jordanian guide asked, if it possible to call Petra the Wonder of the World? Definitely it possible, – I thought, – if to take away the “Gypsies”. But I kept silent.
To resume: We have not seen even the half of what can see.
If to try back, I’ll come to Petra in the evening, have a night at the hotel, go to ghost city in the morning, spend the whole day there, and then again have a night at the hotel and return back in the morning.
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