Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Jordan's Petra

Al Khazneh or The Treasury at Petra - Храм-мавзолей Эль-Хазне

I watched a special on the ancient city of Petra this evening. Being a fan of the Indiana Jones movies, I'd heard a little bit about The Treasury at Petra over the years, but I didn't remember how many tombs had been carved into the canyons or how large the city was.

Here is some information adapted from Wikipedia: Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the sandstone in the canyon. Established around 312 BC, Petra was the capital city of the Nabataeans. These days it is Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction and has been a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and has been chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die".

Петра (араб. البتراء‎‎) — древний город, столица Идумеи (Едома), позже столица Набатейского царства. Расположен на территории современной Иордании, на высоте более 900 м над уровнем моря и 660 м над окружающей местностью, долиной Аравы, в узком каньоне Сик (англ.).