Wednesday, September 12, 2012

JORDAN ~Petra-UNESCO~

...Must be one of my lucky weeks!!:D... My first great written and stamped postcard from a very famous and impressive site, Petra in Jordan...A new UNESCO site and one of the "7 Wonders of the World"...
And most of us know it also from the movie Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! Thanks a lot Luca!!

With nice archeology stamp featuring Hadrian's Triumphal arch in Jerash.

The most famous attraction in Jordan is the Nabatean city of Petra.
The city was hidden in the mountains for thousands of years untill a young Swiss explorer Johan Ludwig Burckhardt rediscovered it in 1812. Temples, tombs, and other buildings are all carved out of the sandstone cliffs, wich also gives it the name the "rose red city"
The Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome.

Many relics can be seen in the Siq including a paved road and Nabataean sacred stones.

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