Located in a spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge, Petra was built by the Nabateans, an industrious Arab people, more than 2,000 years ago. They dominated the trade routes of ancient Arabia when Petra became widely known and admired for the refined culture, impressive architecture and ingenious complex of dams and water channels.
- Marvel at the grandeur of The Treasury, arguably Petra’s most imposing site
- Enjoy the magical atmosphere of a Petra by Night candle lit experience
- Have a drink at The Cave Bar, the oldest bar in the world
- Climb up to the High Place of Sacrifice to enjoy the sensational views
- Get off the beaten track and arrive in Petra the back way by hiking from Little Petra
In 106 AD Petra was taken by the Romans who built a theatre, a colonnaded street, baths and a variety of other buildings. During the Byzantine period a number of Nabatean buildings were altered for Christian use, but by the time of the Muslim invasion of the 7th Century, Petra had passed into obscurity and apart from the brief occupation by the Crusaders during the 12th Century, Petra was lost to the world. It was only in 1812 when a Swiss traveller named Johann Ludwig Burckhardt found the ruins of the lost city and it became known to the world again.