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Published January 26th 2018
A visit to one of the new seven wonders of the world
Petra is a fascinating and beautiful ancient city. It was inscribed as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1985 and announced as one of the new seven wonders of the world in 2007. Petra, built by the Nabataeans, prospered in the first centuries BC and AD through frankincense, myrrh and spice trading. However, it was destroyed by a large earthquake in the fourth century AD. This earthquake, as well as changes in trade routes, unfortunately led to the downfall and abandonment of this city.
When you arrive at the Petra Visitor Centre, just purchase your ticket and you'll be ready to go. There are a number of walking trails to choose from - eight, to be precise. The most common 8km Main Trail is the easiest. It follows the siq through to the magnificent Treasury and continues pass the rock-carved Theatre to the 23m-high Temple. We had one whole full day there, and so everyone in the group (ranging from teenagers to seniors) managed to complete the trail at their own pace.
For the more adventurous, the harder 2.5km Ad-Deir Trail will take you to the impressively large Monastery. About half of our group, including me, took up this challenge. And, if time permits, why not follow the 3.5km Al-Khubtha Trail and the 3km High Place of Sacrifice Trail to the Royal Tombs and the High Place of Sacrifice respectively.