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Petra Why Petra is special
It is an ancient city of tombs, temples and other monumental buildings carved into solid sandstone cliffs in arid gorges in southern Jordan.

When to go
Spring and autumn
They are the best seasons. Summer can be scorching and winter, blistery cold.

Petra highlights
Main entrance
The chief entryway named the Siq is very dramatic
Unique buildings in Petra
The wavy sandstone geological strata give the facades and interior surfaces of the rock-hewn buildings interesting layered and whorled patterns - in a range of hues from pale yellowish white to intense desert rosy red. The Treasury building with its double-level colonnades is the favorite of most tourists.

Petra history in brief
The Nabataeans
The cliff buildings of Petra were sculpted by the Nabataeans, an Arab tribe that flourished from around the 4th century BC to 106 AD, when the Romans took control. They were remarkable engineers who constructed a sophisticated pipe-and-tunnel water system to bring in drinking water and keep out flash floods.

Location in Jordan
Petra Map
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