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Petra - The Desert Rose in Jordan

 

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Petra, Jordan. It is an amazing city, carved from the rock. It is under UNESCO’s protection and is one of the greatest architectural achievements.

The city, as we now see it, was built around 200 BC. It took hundreds of years to carve a 50-meter high rock into this marvelous spot. The locals call this beauty the desert rose. But Petra remained a secret to the Western world until Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt found it in 1812.

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In 2007 it was voted to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. The city is open for many visitors from all around the world, who can admire the buildings and their spacious interiors. It is also a source of inspiration for artists: Petra is the topic in one poem by John William Burgon, some scenes from Indiana Jones, as well as other films, were made here.

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