Petra Facts

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Location Wadi Musa
Country: Jordan
Language: Arabic
Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Wonder type: Archaeological
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  • As many as 30,000 people may have lived in Petra during the 1st Century AD
  • Raised to fame on the release of Steven Spielberg movie, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
  • Petra consists of over 800 carved tombs
  • 80% of the original carvings are thought to be lost
  • Because the city is carved into stone it has not toppled like many others built around the same time
  • Carvings on the treasury have been damaged by the Bedouin who used it for target practice
  • Salt blown in from the Dead Sea is crystallizing in the pores of the sandstone and slowly weakening the structures
  • In Greek, Petra means rock
  • Don’t miss the night tour which has 1000s of candles lighting the paths and structures.
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