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Recently ascribed Wonder of the World status, Petra is a city carved entirely out of limestone rock.
The Nabateans who used to run camel trains from Egypt to India had their empire based here, once numbering over 30,000 inhabitants.
The city lay undiscovered up until the 1812 when Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, conned local Arabs into letting him into the sacred complex to visit the tomb of Aaron. Dressed as an Arab, he returned with news to the western world and the rest is history, as they say.
Now I’ve been to a lot of these wonders, I can say the best thing about this one is the weather, because it’s built entirely below ground level, you can explore the complex fairly comfortably depending on how much time you’ve got.
I’ve got one day, so here’s the main sites.