I find that many people have heard of Petra but don’t really know much about it. If you have seen Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade you have seen the most popular building in Petra where he drinks from the cup.
But, Petra is so much more. First, Petra is not the building you know, it is the name of the ancient city. We walked between 7 and10km through the ancient city. It is crazy how many buildings there are laid into the rock. And, you can climb where you like. See stairs…will climb. The Treasury (From Indiana Jones) and The Monastery are the most architecturally beautiful buildings…you can’t go in those, but you can explore everywhere else.
Not only did the Bedouins live in these rock caves up until recent, different historical civilizations built in the area throughout the past 2000 years. Again, my apologies…dates just don’t stick in my head.
My last little niglet if you plan to see Petra: GO EARLY! It opens at 6am I believe. We arrived around 7:30ish and is was still pretty empty…and not hot. There were places where we asked ourselves: “Are we allowed to walk there? No one is there…” But on our way back there were people everywhere. After walking through the sites, we headed out around 12:30pm and it was packed!
Your turn to weigh in…Which is more impressive: Treasury or Monastery?