Petra, an ancient city hewn from the living rock

Completely unknown to the Western world until 1812, this is the ancient city of Petra in Jordan. Although nobody knows for sure when people first settled here, the incredible architecture that survives is thought to be at least 2,000 years old – and the most impressive thing is that much of what remains wasn’t built, but actually carved directly out of the sandstone cliffs – like this entire amphitheatre for example. Ground level photo Probably the best preserved part of the ancient city is Al Khazneh, or The Treasury, which is sheltered at the end of a tall,…

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