As part of the 7 Wonders of the World, Petra is truly a sight that will take your breath away. Petra has attracted tourists ever since its discovery more than 200 years ago, by the Swiss explorer, Jean Louis Burckhart.
Petra wastes no time in impressing tourists as the area is littered with over 800 registered sites. You’ll need at least two days to visit all the highlights of this city, but if you have more time, wandering this ancient city is an experience like no other.
Immediately after the entrance, travelers can find the Djinn Blocks, imposing stone monuments whose original purpose remains unknown, and following that, the Obelisk Tomb.
From here, you will make your way through the Siq – the famous snaking canyon pathway that is enclosed by its tall walls. If you look along the wall, you will find the remnants of historic channels that were used to supply Petra with water, as well as niches for sacred carvings known as Baetyls.
These ancient artifacts hint that Petra may have been considered a holy city at one point in time. Keep an eye out for the weathered relief sculpture of camels being led by two merchants, as well.
Check out dozens of tombs and houses on the Street of Facades, climb steep stairs for a great view of the High Place of Sacrifice,stand in awe at the Theater and stroll down the impressive Colonnaded Street.