PETRA, PART ONE (JORDAN)

Petra was a spectacular city of cliff dwellings, expanding several miles. This was inhabited by the Nabataeans (an Arab group) from about 500 BC to 400 AD (an earthquake did extensive damage here in 363 AD). Petra is in southwestern Jordan and is basically "high desert" with elevations between about 2500 and 4000 feet above sea level. Part 2 is here (generally pics from the more open areas).

First, a fairly rare wide view within Petra (most of Petra is in/near canyons though)...



Here is the spectacular gorge of Petra, called As-Siq, the original course of the Wadi Musa (though flood waters are diverted through a tunnel--for obvious reasons!)...









Here is the tunnel which diverts flood waters...



"Public transportation" in Petra is via horse-drawn buggies...



Odd rocks above As-Siq...



More gorge/canyon pics...





Small tomb with a native fig (Ficus carica) tree...



The end of the narrowest part of the gorge...



And the view above was from THIS place! The famous treasury (as seen in Indiana Jones and other movies)...





A bit further down the gorge...the Street of Facades





Nearby amphitheatre...





Some more strange rocks...



Strange rock dwelling (above the As-Siq)...



A wild caper plant (Capparis sp.)...



A native juniper (probably Juniperus phoenicea)...



Oleanders were common in low-lying areas...



All pictures were taken in April 2010 by Brandt Maxwell.

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Copyright 2010 Brandt Maxwell.