Gaze at the famous sights of this city
The awe-inspiring city of Petra is located in the southern Jordanian mountains 240 km south of the capital Amman and 120 km north of the red sea town of Aqaba. When the city was destroyed by various earthquakes, Petra was abandoned, and it was only rediscovered in 1812 by a Swiss explorer named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.
Today, this architectural gem is on many travellers’ bucket lists. From the town of Wadi Musa, a trail leads into the Siq, a gorge formed by tectonic forces. A path snakes between its tall rock walls revealing likely the most famous sight of Petra, its Treasury. This iconic façade forms the face of Petra attracting many visitors annually. It is carved into sandstone mountains and was originally built as a tomb for King Aretas III of the Nabateans.
Past the Treasury the path gets wider leading to an open area of houses and the Royal Tombs of the Nabateans. Roman remains can be found at the Colonnaded Street with a remaining road and various columns lining it. Another sight not to miss is the Great Temple, which is the most sizeable freestanding building in Petra.