Jordan: Petra

Petra, the world wonder, is without a doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction.

It is one of the world’s most famous archaeological sites, where ancient Eastern traditions blend with Hellenistic architecture.

Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14th century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron.