Petra- The Peaceful Oasis of the Middle East

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is an Arab state in the Middle East. It borders with Israel, Syria, Iraq and Saudi Arabia, but despite the unstable situation in the region, Jordan is otherwise called the Peaceful Oasis of the Middle East.

The situation was not so bright a few years ago when the Islamic State attacked Syria and Iraq. In that time, tourists nearly stopped visiting Jordan, but then the country managed to get on its feet and recorded approximately 433,000 tourists.

Petra is certainly one the most famous tourist attractions in the country and one of the most amazing archaeological sites in the world. Its popularization has grown with the 1989 Hollywood hit, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” that is still being used as an inspiration for making souvenirs.

The cultural status of this ancient city was confirmed after being listed on the New Seven Wonders list in 2007. The entrance to the city of Petra and the Siq Canyon should definitely be visited.

The canyon leads the visitors to the most famous building of this complex – the famous Treasury (Al Khazneh). Despite the name, it served as a tomb, and its facade carved into the wall represents the symbol of Petra. The treasure is, however, only a small part of a rich archaeological site that extends to 264 km2 and testifies the power of famous Arabian Nabatean kingdom.

While group guides usually visit the Treasury and the surrounding area, those who have more time and are ready for a walk can visit the spectacular “El Deir”. It is otherwise known as a place of sacrifice and is ideal for viewing the surrounding panorama.

As a conclusion, I only have to add that Jordan is an ancient country of special charm and incredible history. It is full of legends and traditions, rich in cultural heritage and architectural attractions. Its beautiful beaches on the Red Sea Coast and the healing waters of the Dead Sea will definitely leave anyone speechless.