Explore: Petra, Jordan

Petra, which means “stone” in Arabic is an archaeological city in Jordan that is famous for its architecture, which is carved into its towering rose red rocks. One site to see is the Al Khazeh, also known as the Treasury. Al Khazneh is one of the most elaborate building in Petra, making it a popular tourist attraction. It might look familiar to Indiana Jones fans, as the building was used as the entrance of the final resting place of the Holy Grail in the film, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”. The Treasury has classical Greek-influenced architecture which can be seen in the building’s use of pillars and mythical creatures that serve as statutes. Sadly, most of the building’s architectural detail has eroded since its was first carved into the sandstone cliff over 2,000 years ago, so it would be best to see this magnificent work sooner rather than later.

Photo Credit: themyec.com


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