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Red Rocks Avenue – Petra, Jordan


Photo of the Day – Red Rocks Avenue – Petra, Jordan

After passing through the red rocks leading to the famous Treasury, you are left to explore the rest of Petra which consists of dozens of “buildings”. We took this shot while exploring an area high above the main drag or as I have dubbed it, “Red Rocks Avenue”.

Across the avenue, you can see an amphitheater, and several other cave buildings along the way. Sitting atop this view and imagining what life might have been like with thousands of residence in this area is fascinating. If you were living in this society, where would you have been? What would you have been doing?

Red Rocks Avenue - Petra, Jordan

Steep & Narrow Petra Walls – Petra, Jordan


Photo of the Day – Steep & Narrow Petra Walls – Petra, Jordan

Upon entering the rose red city of Petra, you immediately start walking downhill along a dusty path between steep, narrow and majestic walls on your way to view the elaborate treasury. The walk is a tourist attraction on its own and is one of the rare times where you find yourself taking your time moving towards one of the worlds greatest wonders.

Steep and Narrow Petra Walls - Petra, Jordan

2000 Year Old Streets – Petra, Jordan


Photo of the Day – 2000 Year Old Streets – Petra, Jordan

Pause and think about 2000 years. I will challenge you to name 10 things that are 2000 years old, but I’ll give you a head start with this one – the old stress of Petra. Petra is famous for its reddish sand colored stone structures that were literally carved from the cliff-side walls in the area. The most famous of these is The Treasury.

Although I agree that The Treasury is hands-down the most beautiful structure in Petra and certainly deserves all of the praise and glory it receives, Petra itself is made up of much much more than a single building. In today’s photo, you can see one stretch where dozens of shops and homes were carved into the cliff-side. These dwellings and shops are much less elaborate than that of The Treasury, but certainly make for a mystical and amazing view back into time. Just imagine this as the street you walked on a daily basis.

2000 Year Old Streets - Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh – The Treasury – Petra, Jordan


Photo of the Day – Al Khazneh – The Treasury – Petra, Jordan

Al Khazneh – “The Treasury” – is the centerpiece of a historical and archaeological city located in southern Jordan. The city is famous for it’s rock cut architecture, which is so unbelievably wondrous that Will and I feel it is the 16th best place on the planet.

Take a good look at the beautiful facade of the treasury carved deep into the sandstone wall. How incredibly difficult would it be to build this today? The Nabataeans (ancient Jordanians) carved this masterpiece over 3,000 years ago! To put that in perspective, The Treasury was constructed before basically every single AbsoluteVisit 100 with the only exceptions being all of the sites in Egypt and the natural wonders that came before man. Incredible.

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