There are few places in the world where you can truly imagine the past. Most famous old buildings are either in ruins or surrounded by everything modern that makes it contemporary. Maybe I haven’t travelled enough, but coming in as the fifth world wonder I have seen I will tell you it might just have been my favorite. Ok I also loved Machu Pichu.
It is quite ungrateful to the other wonders – and they are wonderful, – but while I found them incredibly beautiful, grand and marvelous, the status of world wonder gives them a certain expectation, and the crowd to mach. When in front of such a place the obvious question arises – Is truly one of the only Seven Wonders of the World? Is this one of the seven best monuments/ sights in the whole world?
There are many places I would arguably defend as better then some of the chosen seven wonders. But Petra for me met the criteria. It completely exceeded my expectations.
For me Petra was like entering the Silk Road golden era. I could imagine the beautiful lost city at its best. Granted the camels, (and the horses and the donkeys), helped. So did the Bedouins with their strong black eyeliner. (Even if it meant being slightly harassed by them – as in followed and repeatedly being invited for beer to see the “beautiful sky”, – hmm no thank you, I’ll pass on that)
And the best part for me was maybe how amazing the buildings were – not only the treasury, while that was definitely a highlight – but also the dimension of the city. I never thought that Petra would be an entire city, let alone that I could still imagine it completely, and not in a million year would I imagine just how beautiful it would be.
I hope that my pictures make it justice.
I love Petra. Definitely one of my favorite places I’ve ever been to. Your photos are beautiful. Did you get to climb on top of the monastery? It’s pretty amazing. 🙂
Thank you! I will have to agree with you – amazing place! I did climb to the monastery – it was amazing – really worth it! Thank you for commenting 🙂
Awesome. One of my favorite destinations. Glad you climbed all the way up to the top (and made it safely down!) Here are my pics if you want to see more – http://derekmaul.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/petra-wonders-of-the-lost-city/
Thank you 🙂
Wow, thanks for writing and showing this.
I am glad you liked it! Thank you for reading 🙂
Ah, a wonderful post! I fully agree with you. Petra is such a magical place! I loved it when I went a couple of years ago. I’m actually going to Angkor Wat in a few weeks and I have very high expectations based on my Petra experience. Have you been by any chance?
I wish I had – it is quite high on my wish list! One day I hope! Maybe then I can read about it in your blog 🙂
Yes, I’m planning to blog about it!
It is indeed beautiful. One of the places I’d like to see someday 🙂
I hope you get to do it someday! 🙂
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Amazing. I am from jordan & everytime I visit Petra it’s like the first time, Thank you for capturing its’ beauty in such a unique way:)
Thank you so much! I am happy you enjoyed it and especially that you felt I did justice to it 🙂 Thank you for reading!
Glad you enjoyed Petra 🙂 keep it up!
Thanks for showing us this and all your wonderful travel adventures. Beautiful! I am inspired to travel more 🙂
Thank you so much! I am happy you liked it 🙂
On my list of must do places, good to be reminded I haven’t got there ….yet.
I hope you get to go there soon!! 🙂
It’s such an incredible place! It’s on my wishlist for a while
I hope you get there soon!! 😀
Hi Carlota, thanks for stopping by and liking my post, I appreciate it. I’ve visited Petra, it was stunning and quite an experience. It took us around 4 hours each way in a cab from Amman, which we didn’t realize at the time. When we got there it was almost closing time so we had to run around super fast. I would like to go back again some day and see all the things we didn’t get time for. Your pictures are beautiful.
Thank you 🙂 Wow sounds like a crazy experience to see petra in just one day trip from Amman! Still it is good to have seen it for sure 🙂 If you ever return I hope to see some pictures and the second impressions 🙂
Love travel blogs! Have safe and fun adventures! 😀
Thank you so much 😀
Your photos and description are lovely. Petra is on my list also. I wish I had gone there while I lived in Turkey. Ah well…some day soon. Thank you.
Thank you so much! I hope you go there one day – I almost didn’t go, but am happy I did! I hope you visit too! 😀
Wow, great images, a beautiful if not desolate place.
Thank you 😀
Its so sad that gorgeous places like these are in some of the most troubled regions of the world.