Petra Pictures

These are from my trip on 4/29/05.

Petra is an ancient Nabatean city that has many structures that are cut out of the natural sandstone.

Most of these strucutres were tombs. The one in the center is called the Palace Tomb.

The entrance to Petra is called the Siq. It is a narrow passage between two walls of rock.

Petra's water supply was brought in by this little canal.
When the Romans failed to effectly siege the city by other means they blocked this up. Without water the city quickly surrendered.

There are different carvings in the walls of the Siq.The center one is of a man leading a camal caravan.

The first thing you see when you enter Petra and leave the Siq is the Khazneh. It should look familiar.
It is the place where the Holy Grail is kept in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

This is the Roman Amphitheater. The rows and stairs are carved right into the natural rock.

The sandstone in Petra can practically be any color.

This tomb is called the Painted Tomb because of the natural patterns in the sandstone.

Pictures thanks to Julie MacDonald & Jennie Kitchens.