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Petra, Al-Khazneh © Faraheed
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15 Photos That Show Petra is The World’s Most Breathtaking Ancient Ruin

Picture of Ginin Dunia Rifai
Updated: 10 April 2018
Petra, the symbol of Jordan, and capital of the ancient Nabateans was described by poet John William Burgon as, “a rose-red city half as old as time”. It was chosen as one of the New7Wonders of the World in 2007, and will leave you utterly astonished by its beauty and scale.
A rose red city half as old as time © Paul Stocker
A rose red city half as old as time | © Paul Stocker
P1030073 © Timber
Sunset over Petra | © Timber

The sunset over Petra’s rosy mountains is an event that no visitor should miss out on, so be sure to time your visit right. Amid the tranquility of the desert, the fading beams of warm sunlight and the gentle quiet of the stone city, this place is like nothing else on earth.

Along the Siq © Allan Grey
Along the Siq | © Allan Grey
The spectacular and very high natural fault of al-Sīq, the grand caravan entrance into Petra (The Siq) © Jorge Láscar
The spectacular and very high natural fault of al-Sīq, the grand caravan entrance into Petra (The Siq) | © Jorge Láscar

You are sure to feel dwarfed by the sheer scale of Petra and will feel a chill running down your spine when walking the famous Siq, with towering walls of rock overhead.

Petra © Douglas Perkins
Doorway at Petra | © Douglas Perkins
Petra © krebsmaus07
Pillars of Petra | © krebsmaus07
The Monastery at Petra © Salil Wadhavkar
The Monastery at Petra | © Salil Wadhavkar

It will cross your mind, perhaps more than once, just how such magnificence was created in the first place. Throughout your visit you will feel tiny!

A general view of the city of Petra|©Leon Petrosyan/WikiCommons
A general view of the city of Petra | ©Leon Petrosyan/WikiCommons
The Monastery, Petra| ©Diego Delso/Wiki Commons
The Monastery, Petra | ©Diego Delso/Wiki Commons
Petra © Jeremy Rover
Colourful rock formations of Petra | © Jeremy Rover
Petra © Ian McKellar
Amazing structures at Petra | © Ian McKellar

The city changes colours as the day goes by. Its timeless stones go through the whole spectrum of rose shades as the day comes to an end.

Petra By Night © ju.edu.jo
Petra By Night | © ju.edu.jo

At night, Petra is a fusion of history and art. Hundreds of candles are lit so that visitors can enjoy a midnight meditation at the glorious Treasury.

Petra - © Andrew Kippen
Donkey at Petra | © Andrew Kippen
Petra Treasury Entrance 2 © igoogledisrael.com
Camels at the Petra Treasury Entrance | © igoogledisrael.com

The rose city is a combination of both history and wildlife. Here you will see many desert animals, and the Bedouins are always around to ensure your safety.

Sunset in Petra © Gabriele Asnaghi
Sunset in Petra | © Gabriele Asnaghi

Petra will leave you spellbound and you are sure to want to return. This truly magical place has to be seen to be believed.