Petra: An Ancient Wonder Carved in Stone (Video)
Deep within the canyons of Jordan's desert lies a breathtaking ancient treasure - the stone city of Petra. This sprawling metropolis, hand-carved into the sandstone cliffs, is a testament to an ancient civilization that dates back to as early as 9000 BC. The Nabataean kingdom, which ruled much of modern-day Jordan from the 3rd century BC until the 1st century AD, made Petra its thriving capital.
The city's stunning stone monuments, including tombs, elaborate religious structures, and hand-carved buildings, provide a fascinating window into the past and reveal the wealth and sophistication of the Nabataean culture that once thrived here. Stretching over 100 square miles, the site UNESCO World Heritage Site is four times the size of Manhattan, making exploring it fully a challenge. As one of the most extraordinary and awe-inspiring archaeological sites in the world, Petra is a remarkable reminder of the ingenuity and creativity of ancient civilizations.
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Top image: Petra, Jordan. Source: Lovrencg / Adobe Stock.