FAQ About Petra
Is Petra one of the seven wonders of the world?
The ancient city became one of the seven new wonders of the world in 2007 by a vote of over 100 million people.
What is the significance of Petra?
It's beautiful rock-cut architecture and innovative water management system is considered significant by historians and archeologists.
Who carved Petra?
The spectacular sandstone city was built by the Nabataeans, they carved palaces, temples, tombs, storerooms, and stables from soft stone cliffs.
When was Petra built?
In the 3rd century BC.
Why is Petra nicknamed the lost city?
It is thought to have been built around 312BC and was rediscovered in modern times beneath ancient layers of sand by a Swiss explorer in 1812.
Is Petra close to the Dead Sea?
Petra to the Dead Sea is roughly 123 miles (198km).
When is the best time to visit Petra?
Spring season is the best time to visit Petra. Spring is from March through June, during this time the country experiences throngs of tourists flocking in.
What rock type is used to build Petra?
Most of the monuments in Petra were carved in two layers of sandstone. These layers are referred to as ‘Disi Sandstone” in the upper parts of the site, and “Umm Ishrin sandstone” below it.
What are the main archeological sites inside the city of Petra?
Major archeological sites include, the Treasury-the tomb of a Nabatean king, the Monastery- an isolated mountain temple, a theatre, government buildings and dwelling for regular people.