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Jerusalem, the Holy City

Petra, the ancient Rose-Red City, is full of history and heritage going back to 312 BC and a visit makes your dreams of traveling back in time come true.

A visit to Mexico and South America gives you glimpses of the Inca and Aztec culture. A trip to India gives you a glimpse into the fabulous lifestyles of kings, and a unique culture that is so different from Western traditions. China is a different experience too. In these places, there is continuity between the old and the present. Rarely will you come across a heritage site that is lost in time and is the repository of not just one but several cultures. That rare place is Petra in Jordan. Known as the Rose-Red city due to the unique pink coloring of its rocks, Petra predates history and finds mention in the Bible. Visit Petra to know of its roots in antiquity.

Just north of Petra is an ancient site that is said to date back to 7000 BC. The Exodus in the Bible mentions that Petra and the place was populated by Horites followed by Edomites. The existence of the Tomb of Aharon, brother of Moses, supports Biblical references. Petra appears under the native name of Rekem in the Dead Sea Scrolls. Moses is said to have struck the ground and brought forth water in the nearby Wadi Musa. The Nabataeans came much later, around 312 BC, and established a settlement that made it famous for being a center of trade, and a unique water collection and storage system, the remnants of which can be seen today when you visit Petra. The Egyptians and Syrians came there, as did the Greek.

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t Petra and you will know about its ancient lineage now surviving in the form of tombs, temples, monasteries and the theater said to have been inspired by the Roman Coliseum. The Romans established a footprint there in 106 AD to be followed by the reign of the Byzantine Empire and then the Arabs took over around 600 AD. Petra is pure history, as you will find. In just one place, you will find temples dedicated to ancient Gods, references to Allah and the Byzantine Church. The Monastery, built around the 1st century, is a gigantic structure towering up into the mountainside and it was dedicated to Obodas the God. If you dreamt of going back in time to all those wonderful civilizations, Petra is where your dreams come alive in one place. Your Petra visit would be enlightening and enriching beyond measure.

You visit Petra and the Sandstone rock cut tombs, the Obelisk Tomb, the Silk Tomb and the Street of Facades prove to be reminders of the past glories of this wonderful city. A visit there is not just ordinary travel. You travel in time, imagining life as it used to be down the centuries

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