Ancient Cities - Petra

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Visited: Mid February

A novel approach to building, instead of quarrying from the quarry, the city is largely built into the quarry rock faces. In addition to the buildings and rock tombs, Petra has very scenic bulbous rock formations with desert wadis. Close-up, the especially crumbly sandstone colours are very diverse, often forming weird colour bandings. Outside the main Siq and Roman pavements there are plenty of opportunites to explore the open terrain for around 5-10km from the central buildings, following minor paths and staircases cut into the often steep sandstone slopes.
Petra - Jordan
View to W from head of Siq el Bedha, Little Petra (S), Little Petra walk (T), Jordan, 12-Feb-99, E663

Nabatean dwellings in Siq el Baared, Little Petra (S), Little Petra walk (T), Jordan, 12-Feb-99, E667

Oleander bushes and rock temple in Siq el Baared, Little Petra (S), Little Petra walk (T), Jordan, 12-Feb-99, E668

Al Khanza (Treasury) (early afternoon reflected light from cliff opposite), Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E683

Theatre, Royal Nabatean Tombs and caves, Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E676

Al Khanza (Treasury) from the Siq (mid-morning), Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E678

Donkeys for rent at start of steps to the High Place, Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E677

View down into Wadi Musa (Bottom R), Umm al Biyara Mtn (Far L), Qasr al Bint (building MR), and Mtns nr the Monastery (M) from nr the Urn Tomb, Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E681

El Deir (Monastery) and El Deir Mtn (L) (1128m), Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E687

View to NW across Arava Valley into Israel from nr El Deir, Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E688

Sandstone arch below Urn Tomb, Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E690

Obelisk Tomb at sunset, Petra (S), Jordan, 13-Feb-99, E691

Coloured sandstone and toms in Wadi Farasa from rise nr Wadi Numer, Petra (S), Wadi Jarra and Wadi Numer (T), Jordan, 14-Feb-99, E696

View to S from summit of Umm al Biyara (1200m), Petra (S), Umm al Biyara and Snake Monument (T), Jordan, 15-Feb-99, E701

Wadi Musa Village (Far R), above white Al Khubtha Mtn from summit of Umm al Biyara (1200m), Petra (S), Umm al Biyara and Snake Monument (T), Jordan, 15-Feb-99, E702

View S towards Petra along Wadi Myesera Wasta, Petra (S), From Petra Siq to Little Petra via Wadi Myesera Wasta (T), Jordan, 16-Feb-99, E708