Petra, One of the Seven Wonders of the World

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Good morningggggggggggg! It’s probably not the best time to be blogging about travel while the whole world is on lock down, but I decided to make good use of my time in quarantine. Hopefully this will inspire you to travel and see the world after this whole Covid-19 thing is over.


After we visited Mt. Nebo (you can read the full blog here), our driver had dropped us off in our Madaba apartment (here’s a little view of our apartment). We explored the surrounding area just a little bit and made sure we had a lot of rest because the next day we were heading to Petra!

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Our driver picked us up the next morning and we were off to Petra. It was around a 3 hour drive. No hassle, barely any traffic! We arrived in no time. First, we got settled in to our apartment – had the most beautiful view! – and got dropped off at the main entrance.

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Opening Hours

Petra is open everyday from 6am to 6pm during summer and 6am to 4pm during winter.

Entrance Fees

We had a Jordan Pass so entrance was already included, we just had to line up to get the actually ticket stub. I highly recommend getting a Jordan Pass if you plan on visiting a few attractions while in Jordan – I’ll make a separate post about this soon.

Prices for a Jordan Pass are below:

Jordan PassPrice in JODPrice in USDPrice in PHP
Jordan Wanderer
1 day in Petra
70995,010
Jordan Explorer
2 consecutive days in Petra
751065,368
Jordan Expert
3 consecutive days in Petra
801135,726

For those who don’t have a Jordan Pass, here are the entrance prices:

Petra Entrance Prices
Source: https://www.visitpetra.jo/
Petra
This is the visitors center. Here is where you can collect / purchase your entrance tickets. They also have restrooms, souvenir stores and food stores.

In the right hand side of the photo above, you’ll see a small walkway – that is the way leading up to the hike. You can choose to either take a horse and / or carriage – we opted to just walk to enjoy the scenery. Below are the prices for the carriage:

Petra Prices
Source: https://www.visitpetra.jo/

The Hike to the Treasury

We went at the end of December, winter time, so still cold but not freezing cold. All the walking will definitely warm you up.

Petra
Petra

As you can see, everywhere you look it’s beautiful and picturesque! In awe the whole time I was walking.

The Siq

After a couple of minutes walking you’ll find yourself at the entrance of the Siq.

The Siq

The sign reads:

The Siq is a natural 1.2 km long sandstone gorge that gently winds towards the ancient city of Petra until it opens on to the magnificent Treasury. A triumphal arch once spanned the entrance to the Siq, but this collapsed in 1895. On either side of the arch there were niches where statues of gods were placed. Water channels run along each side and held clay pipes that carried fresh water to the city from springs, sections of these pipes can still be seen. Parts of the original paved road can also been seen along the Siq. In its day, Petra was a bustling city that witnessed a constant procession of travelers, visitors and pilgrims, who passed through the Siq. Niches and god blocks (baetyls) were carved throughout the Siq to protect those entering and leaving city.”

And peeking on the other side of the Siq, you’ll find….

The Siq

The Treasury

The Treasury
Beautiful!!!
The Treasury
The Treasury
The opposite right hand side of the Treasury
The Treasury
The opposite left hand side of the Treasury where there are some souvenirs, food and drink for sale.
The Treasury

The sign reads:

The Treasury, or ‘Al Khazna’ in Arabic, is the most spectacular monument carved by the Nabataeans. It stands an imposing 39.5m high and is impressively carved out of a single blok. The monument’s name comes from a local Bedouin legend that pharaoh hid a treasure in the urn at the top, and you can see bullet holes from shooting at the urn to try to retrieve this treasure.

In reality it is a mausoleum and would have been used for funerary purposes; many archaeologists believe it is the mausoleum of King Aretas IC (9 BC – 40 AD). The Nabataeans decorated the facades of their tombs with funerary designs and symbols related to the afterlife and death.

The facade of the Treasury reveals a Hellenistic infulence, with six Corinthian capitals topped by a frieze of winged griffins and vases among scrolls. In the center of the facade is the goddess Isis, and she is sruronded by dnacing Amazons (female warriors) with axes over their heads. At the top of the steps just before you enter the chamber, there is a circular hole in the floor which was most probably used for sacrifices.

Priests would enter the chamber and conduct their rituals. In 2004 three Nabataean tombs were uncovered below the Treasury, which date to end of the 1st century BC and have identified as royal tombs.

Honestly speaking, before I came here I thought there was the Treasury and that’s it, buttttt Petra is huge! We didn’t even get to explore the whole place – definitely cannot do it in one day. We did see a few other places though, have a look below 🙂

Petra
Petra
Petra

The Urn Tomb

The Urn Tomb
The Urn Tomb
The Urn Tomb

The Great Temple Complex

The Great Temple Complex
The Great Temple Complex

Colonnaded Street

Colonnaded Street
Colonnaded Street
Colonnaded Street

Definitely a must visit place if you’re in Jordan!!!


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