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EL DEIR (THE MONASTERY), PETRA, JORDAN

Petra (meaning rock) is a historical and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage". Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die".

The imposing facade of the Monastery, or El-Deir, is 47m wide and 40m high. This magnificent Nabatean temple may later have served as a church.

Petra's most colossal temple, dedicated to the deified king, Obodas 1, who died in 86 BC. Thought to date from the 1st Century AD.

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On September 09 2011 22 Views



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Padima On 22/01/2012

donde andas???????????

besos y vuelve


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Padima On 30/10/2011

FELIZ DOMINGOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!

BESOSSS


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Lo_menorca On 09/09/2011

Its a beautiful place.

I would like to go there, lots of history in its stones.


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Willywallas5 On 09/09/2011

Beautiful Stone Town ... all through history.

Good weekend.
Willy





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