Sometimes you need a little perspective (or in this case a teeny tourist) to understand the scale of the carved architecture of Petra, Jordan.
Now that IS grand!
What’s amazing is that even when you stand fairly close, you still don’t fully appreciate the size. It’s only when you get to the front door…
Now this is GRAND. Wow. Must have been something to stand next to that. Humbling.
It truly was. The proportions were maintained so perfectly that from across the valley, and even on the approach, it looks like a “normal” size building.
Wow! Excellent capture of the perspective. Hoping to visit Petra in 2014 – thanks for the preview!
Have a wonderful visit—try to allow 2 days for the site. Lots and lots of walking and the heat can be punishing—we went in late April and I think that was about the most heat I could take and still spend the whole day walking around. We stayed in the Petra Guest House (actually a hotel run by Intercontinental) right next to the entrance which was just fine and used a carved ancient tomb as its bar! Irresistible — an amazing place to have a drink and ponder the site.
I have always wanted to go here. How cool that you were able to!
Petra is, in our humble opinion, one of the few things in life that lives up to all expectations. An added bonus is the stunning colours of the rock, not unlike parts of the US Southwest.
One day, one day….
That’s cool. Really. Jordan, wow. A great history!
A many layered history—it finally went in to decline under Roman rule. But those epic proportions- how big were the Nabataeans anyway?
Wow, what a spectacular everything! It sort of reminds me of Indiana Jones.
It should—it was the set for Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. (Not to take the wonder out of the site, but they still sell Indian Jones hats and bullwhips from stalls near the entrance…)
I’m giving myself a pat on the back for guessing that one! I’m just imagining out all of the tschotske sellers.
Unbelievable! Great shot. Petra is definitely on my to-see list!
It won’t disappoint. One of the best aspects is that you can wander everywhere and find your own views.
Magnificent! And Dr. Jones and the Knights of the square table are inside suppose? 😉
We looked and we looked, but they must have take the lost ark and buggered off! (We so wanted to find an epic interior in one of the tombs, but they are like Holllywood sets, all facades and no interior detail…
Ugh! Still a bit peeved we didn’t do this trip before we left Cyprus. May need to plan a trip back there just to go to Petra.
Honestly, the site is so massive that you guys will enjoy it more now that the boys are older and you can spend a couple of days wandering and exploring. Don’t forget to whip them in to an Indian Jones frenzy before you go—hats are key!
What a magnificent site, truly grand indeed!
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