Petra located 170 miles from Amman Jordan, is an UNESCO World Heritage destinations and considered one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World, is Jordan's most important vacation destination and fortune. A stunning city, cut into the sheer mountain rock by the Nabataeans, an Arab civilization who settled in Petra more then 2000 years ago, perfectly situated on an important trade route connecting Asia to the Middle East, and Greece and Rome.
Despite the fact that there’s been much written in regards to Petra, nothing truly prepares your eyes for what you’ll experience in Petra. You should see to believe, and many tourist traveling to Israel and the holyland take advantage of being in the region, by adding a one, two, or three day tour to Jordan from Israel. The passageway to Petra is through the Siq, a gorge, more than 1 km long, flanked on every side by colossal 80 meter high bluffs. Simply walking into Petra will stun your imaginations. As you get to the end of the Siq you'll have your first sight of the Treasury, Al-Khazneh.
The Treasury, is essentially spectacular, an enormous veneer, 30 meters wide, 43 meters high, overshadowing everything by it, cut out of sheer sunset pink shake exterior. It was carved in the mid first century for a Nabataean King's tomb. The structure represents exceptional engineering genius from the ancient people of Petra.
This building, is only one of many numerous marvels that make up Petra Archeological Park. There are many tombs cut from the stone. Here you'll additionally locate a monstrous Roman-style theater constructed by the Nabataeans, that seats more than 3,000 individuals. You'll also explore, monoliths, conciliatory holy places, colonnaded roads, and 800 cut steps to a point to over see the Petra valley, you'll also be inspired by the Ad-Deir.
The Edomites administered over the place that is known for Petra, whom came from Esau. Israel and Edom were constant rivals, beginning with Edom's denying Moses and the Israelites passage during the Exodus (Numbers 20:18-21 ). Lord Saul and King David both battled against the Edomites (1 Samuel 14:47 ; 2 Samuel 8:13-14 ).
Amid the rule of King Jehoshaphat, Edom assaulted Judah and was pushed back (2 Chronicles 20 ). Ruler Amaziah likewise battled against Edom, and took control of Petra, renaming Petra "Joktheel" (2 Kings 14:7 ).
At the point when the Babylon King Nebuchadnezzar pulverized Jerusalem in 586 BC, the Edomites helped the adversary (Psalm 137:7 ). In light of this, they were censured by the prophets Obadiah, Isaiah, and Jeremiah (Isaiah 34:5-8 ; Jeremiah 49:16-18 ).
For many centuries following, Petra appeared to be secure in its fortification in the Siq, however today its remnants lie uninhabited, fulfilling the prophetic word: "'As Sodom and Gomorrah were ousted, alongside their neighboring towns,' says the LORD, 'so nobody will live there; no individuals will abide in it'" (Jeremiah 49:18 ).
Today Petra has never been more accessible for those traveling on a Israel Tour, the border crossing is simple, and one can visit Petra in a day from Israel or take a two or three day Holyland tour extension.