Going to Petra, Jordan

by Leena Kauppinen January. 31, 2011 2282 views

Views are very rocky and brown during a trip to Petra.

These buildings are built to bedouins for winters.

"During its history, Jordan has seen numerous civilizations, including Ancient Near Eastern ones as the Canaanite and later other Semitic peoples such as the Edomites, and the Moabites. Other civilizations possessing political sovereignty and influence in Jordan were: Akkadian, Assyrian, Israelite/Judean, Babylonian, and Persian empires. The lands of Jordan were for a time under the rule of Pharaonic Egypt, composed part of the greater Kingdom of Israel (including the later Judaean Kingdom, Hasmonaen Kingdom of Israel and Herodian Dynasty), and notably, the region of Jordan also gave birth to the Nabataean civilization which left rich archaeological remains at Petra [en.wikipedia.org]", tells Wikipedia

No food there but so much fun climbing on that rock :)

Side scenes - no green!

Could those trees be olive trees?

After going higher also more inhabitants can be seen and more green too.

But mostly boundless rocky landscapes. . .

This is interesting scene because of that small white building on a top of a mountain faraway.
Aaron's Tomb, Petra [atlastours.net]

Of the mountains that encircle the great bowl of Petra, none is more commanding than Aaron's Mountain (Jabal Harun). It is a place of great sanctity to the local people for here, it is believed, Moses' brother Aaron (pbut) died and was buried. A 14th century mosque stands here with its white dome visible from most areas in and around Petra.

Aaron`s Tomb is located on the mountain at 1350 meters above sea-level and it is the highest peak in the area.

One of the most prominent, ancient states geographically located in what is now the State of Jordan, was the Nabatean Kingdom , with their capital at Petra, an ancient Semitic people who inhabited the wilderness region east of Israel/Judaea from Edom to Syria, northwest of the Arabian peninsula. ( Wikipedia)

Established sometime around the 6th century BCE as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction

Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

Pliny the Elder and other writers identify Petra as the capital of the Nabataeans and the center of their caravan trade. Enclosed by towering rocks and watered by a perennial stream, Petra not only possessed the advantages of a fortress, but controlled the main commercial routes which passed through it to Gaza in the west, to Bosra and Damascus in the north, to Aqaba and Leuce Come on the Red Sea, and across the desert to the Persian Gulf.

Excavations have demonstrated that it was the ability of the Nabataeans to control the water supply that led to the rise of the desert city, creating an artificial oasis. The area is visited by flash floods and archaeological evidence demonstrates the Nabataeans controlled these floods by the use of dams, cisterns and water conduits. These innovations stored water for prolonged periods of drought, and enabled the city to prosper from its sale.

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Eric J H Joyce 10 years, 5 months ago

Great post.

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