The ruins of Nabatean Petra can be quite reasonably considered one of the most interesting tourist attractions in the world. In fact, for some people it was the strongest impression of the travel. You could see the similar only in Machu-Pikchu, Angkor-Vat or Bagan.

Petra is in the south of Jordan, near Wadi-Musa. There are a lot of various hotels in Wadi-Musa, so when planning a trip to Petra, you should stay overnight in the city, to have an opportunity to spend a day among the ruins of Petra. Petra has such a large area that for 2-3 hours (which is the extent of tours offered by Jordan cabmen) you can get only the slightest impression of the ancient city. As a result, you would leave absolutely unsatisfied.

The famous Siq is at the entrance of Petra. The gorge stretches for one and a half kilometers. The rocks reach the height of several dozens of meters, and in some places the width of the passage doesn’t exceed 3 meters. The Siq was easy to defense, so for a long time it was inaccessible to enemies.

The most famous and impressive sight of Petra, - facade of the building of Treasury, is at the end of Siq. This huge building has the height of 42 meters. It was just there that the film of Indi-ana Jones was shot.

On the right there is an open space built with a number of former temples, palaces and common houses. The amphitheatre looks very impressive. And the dimensions of the city are just astounding.

If you will have time, you should ascend to the ‘Upper’ Monastery, which is similar to the Treasury, but is located on the open and very picturesque place. The climb would be rather long and difficult, but it worth the efforts.

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Al Khazneh (The Treasury) is a landmark of Petra
The Upper Monastery (Ad-Deir) in Petra
Ancient amphitheater in Petra.
Buildings were cut in the rocks and erected on open spaces in Petra
Entrance to the Siq ("the shaft").
After several hundreds of meters the Siq gets narrower.
You need to go along the Siq for about a kilometer before you get to Petra.
And round one of the turns of the Siq you can see the Al Khazneh.
Ant Cave Valley (the center of Petra) as viewed from the monastery path.
Path to the Monastery winding among the rocks.
Great tombs of Petra - the Urn Tomb, the Silk Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb, the Palace Tomb.
Ruins of the Temple of the Winged Lion in Petra.
Tombs of Petra (left to right) - the Urn Tomb, the Silk Tomb, the Corinthian Tomb, and the Palace Tomb (the biggest one).
Homes of common inhabitants of Petra.
The temple of the Elephant is the largest temple of Petra. In the distance you can see the wall of the Palace of The Pharaoh daughter
Ruined columns of the Great Temple of Petra.
Main constructions of the Great Temple of Petra.
Ruins of the Pharaoh`s Daughter Palace.
Homes of common inhabitants of Petra.
Urn Tomb in Petra
Doorway of the Monastery.
Arched rooms under the Urn Tomb.
You can use this stair to ascend to the tombs.
Ant Cave Valley is the center of Petra.
Stair leading to the Great Temple of Petra.
Gorge on the way to the Monastery.
Previously these spaces were built up with houses.
Donkey waiting for tourists.
Gorges of Petra.
Camels at the Al Khazneh (The Treasury).