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The Nabataeans, an Arab people, made Petra their capital in 6th century BC taking advantage of the ease of defense and favorable commercial exchanges with the East.
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The Ancient Pink city of Petra. Enjoy the journey


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As you enter the outskirts of Petra, you know that you have entered a different world


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Ancient tombs on the entry of Petra


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The Obelisk Tomb is located outside the city before the entrance of the Siq. It is named after the four obelisks sculpted in the rock hewn facade.


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Lovely skies


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More tombs


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This is the entrance to the "Siq" , the two meter (1.5 mile) tectonic crack in the mountain that leads to the lost city of Petra. Ceremonial guards are always on duty.


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Note the street pavers from 500 BC


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The cuts in the side of the rock is for a fresh water system that the Arab Nabataeans built to provide water to the city


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The water system is quite amazing


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There were filter basins every few hundred feet to extract sediment


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This is a remaining piece of the fresh water clay pipes that ran the length of the Siq


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The Siq goes on for 1.5 miles and is simply gorgeous


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in the 1980's archeologists dug down another 10 feet in the Siq and found the street pavers and this carving of a camel and camel driver


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As you continue walking....


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Suddenly the iconic "Treasury building" comes into view


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and it continues to unfold.....


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and unfold....


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Until you see this magnificent building


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Those little squares are ancient scaffolding holders


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Although it is called "the treasury" it is believed to be a tomb


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these are bullet holes as somewhere along the line people thought there was gold behind the facade (thus "treasury")


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The de rigueur camel shot.


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Note to self: never wear black mesh shoes in the desert


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Looking for tourists


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Hundreds of Bedouins lived in these caves through the 1980's The ate, slept, had babies in these caves


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a rich person's tomb


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the commoner's tombs/homes


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The colors of the rock formations are breathtaking


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You just shake your head in wonderment at how gorgeous nature can can be


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Separate rooms


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Slivers of color--this is the only place in the world with these types of rock formation.


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Love this shot! Note the amphitheater to the right


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The Theater. The rule of thumb was to have seats for 10% of the population


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This is how they think the theater looked 2000 years ago


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Is this a handsome boy or what?


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When you get tired, this fellow starts looking pretty good :-)


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Hi there


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I LOVE this picture. Looks a bit like the desert Southwest in the US


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Petra condos circa 600 BC


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The Bedouins took over Petra centuries ago. They lived in these caves through the 1980's


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The handsome Bedouin guys all look like Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean.


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This young man was gorgeous! If I were 20 years younger, I would have bought the entire shop from him. He was born in one of the Petra caves and had a New Zealand accent--so handsome a young girl could faint. His (New Zealand) mother wrote the book "I married a Bedouin"


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As it was, I bought a $100 silver necklace created to mimic the center of this ancient Petra stone. Prices for everything are identical to the US in Jordan.


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Home sweet tomb. A nap on a beautiful afternoon


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Royal tombs


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Royal tomb and colors


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This tomb is called the "Silk Tomb" because of its gorgeous colors


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Corinthian Tomb


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Urn Tomb


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Louise and I by the Urn Tomb. Below and behind us is the The Colonnaded Street


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Waiting


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The Nabataenans carved the tombs in the mountain walls from the top down. This is an unfinished tomb or building from 600 BC.


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The Great Temenos Gate


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The Great Temenos Gate as envisioned by archeologists


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The "Castle of the Pharaoh's daughter See the next picture for an idea of what it looked like 2000 years ago


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The "Castle of the Pharaoh's daughter as it probably looked 2000 years ago


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Colonnaded Street. Note the "camel" at the top of the mountain


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This is what Colonnaded Street looked like in 500 BC (note the camel)


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Even random ruins are gorgeous


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Detail of Colonnaded Street.


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The Palace Tomb


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As I left in the late afternoon, everyone was gone...


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The light is gorgeous. It is hard to stop taking pictures, but I must....


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.... it slipped from view as I walked backwards through the Siq


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I had to take just one more shot.


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The Ancient Pink city of Petra.


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Here is a map of Petra. See the "Siq" in the lower right opening to the "Treasury of the Paraoh" You can see how easy it was to defend.