Monday, April 05, 2010


probably best known by those of us in the Western world as the place where Indiana Jones (and father, played by Sir Sean Connery*) took a sip from the Holy Grail (on his "Last Crusade," which it totally wasn't, given the recent crap-tastic revival film), Petra also happens to hold one of the "modern" wonders of the world (which is also where Indy took a sip from the holy grail). assuming we didn't miss our 6:30 am bus down the King's Highway. we'll be spending a few days in the south of Jordan, with a few more stops along the way. 

here's your official info:
Petra (Greek "πέτρα" (petra), meaning rock; Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ) is a historic  and archaeological city in the Jordanian governorate of Ma'an that has rock cut architecture and water conduits system. Established sometime around the 6th century BC as the capital city of the Nabataeans, it is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World  in 2007 and a World Heritage Site since 1985. Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of "the 40 places you have to see before you die".
The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning sonnet by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage."
learn even more about Petra, thru the wonders of interweb crowdsorcery, you can . this advance post was sponsored by LucasFilm - modernly ruining their great movies of your childhood, but making it all OK thru their cool cartoons, videogames, and toys.

*and fret not, despite Will's double-oh-obsession, there will be no drinking of water from ancient chalices. 

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