Approaching Petra

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After a mile-long walk through the Siq, a narrow path between lofty rock walls, sometimes separated by no more than 15 feet, the visitor to Petra in Wadi Musa, Jordan comes upon an astounding sight.  As we round the last turn in the Siq, we get our first look at the Treasury in Petra.  The first of many amazing feats of the rock carving is all the more impressive in that these 2000 year old remnants were carved by the Nabatean people into the face of the vertical walls, rising from the canyon floor to a height of 300-600 feet.

Here is a picture taken from the Siq looking ahead to the first view of the Treasury.


For perspective on the size of the Treasury, here are two camels resting out front.


One last picture that I really have enjoyed is that of a cave in Petra, carved out of the red stone with all its layers of colors which create a stunning visual impact.  What a marvelous demonstration of the handiwork of the Lord!



A Nabatean Amphitheatre and Temple, first century A.D. — Petra

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A view of the amphitheatre of Petra from across the street, inside a dwelling carved out of the side of the mountain.  An entire city was carved into the cliffs in an extraordinary demonstration of the ability of the Nabatean people to create this incredible city in the south of Jordan.

This second picture shows one of the temples carved into the mountainside.  For perspective in both photos, notice the size of the people!

Petra, 2012

Pictures from Petra

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After ten wonderful days in Jordan, I returned to Raleigh last Thursday night.  New friends and a profound appreciation for the ancient lands on either side of the Jordan River filled my heart and mind with great memories as my time in this fascinating nation came to an end.  Many thanks to all who prayed for me and my family while I was away!

A couple of photos from my recent trip…

The Treasury, Petra, Jordan

The Monastery, Petra, Jordan

As you might suspect, these are just two of hundreds of pictures I took while there.  Not sure when and where others may show up in the weeks and months ahead!