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Jordan - Petra - The Treasury - El-Khazneh | by © Lucie Debelkova /
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Jordan - Petra - The Treasury - El-Khazneh

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Petra (from πέτρα "petra", rock in Greek; Arabic: البتراء, Al-Butrā) is an archaeological site in southwestern Jordan, lying on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. It is renowned for its rock-cut architecture.


The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812, when it was discovered by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was famously described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate prize-winning sonnet by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." In 1985, Petra was designated a World Heritage Site. It is one of the "New Seven Wonders of the World" as determined by the New Open World Corporation (not affiliated with UNESCO).


As it was not my first visit to this place I wanted to capture bit more unusual scene that would remind us of 'Indiana Jones and the last crusade'... or simply ancient times, however Petra is very touristic place and I had to wait for long time to capture such a timeless scene.


Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL, f/5, 0.017 sec (1/60), ISO 200, 21 mm


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Taken on February 24, 2008