When I told people that I was going to Petra all the responses were the same. It is amazing, you are going to love it. I was concerned that I'd be disappointed because of all the praise. Not the case. Petra is just amazing. The history, the beauty, the intensity, just everything.
Walking through the passage way toward the city is beautiful. Years and years ago there was a earthquake that created the opening that we walked through. Down the sides, at the bottom of the canyons, the people that lived here carved out water catches so that water would flow downward into the city for use. You can see it on the picture above in the near bottom left corner.
This is a small place to pray as people would leave the city. They would also sacrifice their animals here. You can't see it in this picture but to the right is a fairly large sized hole carved into the wall for the priest to sit in and oversee the prayer site.
Views from the top on the way down. Quite an incredible day. It isn't the same but think of the Badlands in South Dakota meet the Grand Canyon in terms of the physical beauty as the basis for a bedoin city that has existed for thousands of years inside that is like nothing else. People lived in the caves until 1985 when Petra became a UNESCO site. The people were then moved out of the area. After the Jordan/Israel treaty in 1994 people began to come here in bigger numbers to see Petra. Those numbers grow annually. Although a three hour drive from Amman, it is well worth the journey.
Memorable is just one word that comes to mind.