Perhaps the most awe inspiring ancient city in the world, Petra is a pink hued wonder. Once a flourishing Nabataen settlement, Petra's fertile glory was soon abandoned after a devastating series of earthquakes around 555 AD. Be prepared to gasp in bewilderment at every footstep; Petra is full of sandstone surprises. The city has a mystical eerieness about it, built as it was in the honour of the dead. For centuries, Petra laid buried under the sands of time ; forgotten and in ruins. It was discovered in 1812 by an intrepid swiss traveler and has since seen a steady stream of wonderstruck travelers who attempt to fathom the grandiose of this magnanimous town. Keep your camera handy here, there are plenty of photo opportunities in Petra. From the legendary route of Siq that prepares you for the fantastic revelations that lay ahead, to the magnificent Treasury that stares at you in all its intricate opulence; Petra will leave you speechless.
Once an important trade centre, Petra has seen much wealth and prosperity. It commanded the spice and silk trail and thrived on the money it recieved in subsequent taxes. This is evident even today in almost every monument that has been painstakingly carved out of rose coloured stone ; each building speaks a glorious story of Petra's past.
Don't forget to visit the ethereal Street of Facades and the Royal tombs that whisper illustrious tales of the Nabataens . Stop for a moment, close your eyes, and breathe in a bit of the historic splendour of this city; Petra will stay with you long after you leave.
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