The abandoned city of Petra lies in a remote valley basin in the Shara mountains in southern Jordan. In ancient times it was the capital of the reign of the Nabateans. While the area had been settled since paleolithic times due to its convenient location and supply of water, the city was founded by the Nabateans around the 5th century BC. The city started declining following the Roman conquest in the 2nd century AD. In the 7th century AD the city was finally abandoned and forgotten. It was rediscovered in 1812 by Jean Louis Burckhardt, a Swiss traveller. Nowadays Petra consists of ruins spread over the valley basin and of monumental tombs carved into the rock, of which the Treasury and the Monastery are the most famous. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1985.

The Siq photo gallery  - 22 pictures of The Siq
The Treasury photo gallery  - 15 pictures of The Treasury
Central Petra photo gallery  - 18 pictures of Central Petra
East ridge tombs photo gallery  - 18 pictures of East ridge tombs
High place of sacrifice photo gallery  - 4 pictures of High place of sacrifice
22 photos of the Siq, the narrow gorge which leads to the city of Petra
15 photos of the Treasury, the most significant monument of Petra
18 photos of the centre of Petra with temples, the theatre and the royal palace
18 photos of the cliff of the east ridge with the impressive facades of the Royal tombs
4 photos of the High Place of Sacrifice on the top of a mountain overlooking Petra, where sacrifices for the gods were performed
The Monastery photo gallery  - 19 pictures of The Monastery
Canyons and rock formations photo gallery  - 22 pictures of Canyons and rock formations
19 photos of the Monastery, Petra's most impressive monument on a mountain 220m above central Petra
22 photos of the impressive setting surrounding Petra, with steep gorges, deep canyons and mountains
Gallery with all images
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