This is something that I am sure not many of you are aware of. Petra, which is also called Al-Batra in Arabic, is an archeological and historical city which is in the southern Jordanian governorate of Ma’a. The historic city has managed to impress the world and simply blow them away with its detailed and elaborate stone-cut architecture and its excellent water conduit system. The city is also referred to as the Rose City, fondly. This is because the color of the stones from which the brilliant architecture has been carved, is indeed rose pink or red, depending on the weather. Here are a few unknown and interesting facts about the Rose City, which may just convince you to make your next vacation destination, the Middle East;[irp]
Amongst the amazing architecture that is found in the city of Petra, the most popular one is that of the Treasury, which is estimated to be well over 2000 years old. The Bedouin people of the Arabian Desert are responsible for some of the destruction that has been done of the best and most priceless carvings which were done on the walls of the Treasury. The Bedouin People would then use these carvings as targets during their routine hosting practices.
It is reported that the city was first established in 312 BC; which makes it one of the oldest metropolises in the entire planet. It is popular belief that the city of Petra was built during the Byzantine Era in the 5th and 6th AD and this is when the city of Petra became an important center for the Christians of the area.
Petra also consists of 800 beautifully carved tombs. The city of Petra is more popular because of its 8—individual monuments which include tombs, buildings, funerary halls, baths and temples, almost all of which was carved from the kaleidoscopic sandstone which is found in the area. Amongst the most popular monuments found in the city of Petra is the 2011 pound bust of Dushara, made from sandstone. Dushara is Petra’s primary male deity.
It is in this city of Petra that the King Aretas had ordered the arrest of the biblian Apostle Paul after he was converted to Christianity.
The city of Petra is clear evidence to all of Mankind that the Middle East was way more influential than any other region in the world during the Middle Ages. Petra is truly a hidden gem in the desert, which will take you through an epic journey through the history of the Middle East region, unlike any other place. It can easily rival against the extremely popular Jerusalem which is known as the caretaker city of the Middle Eastern history.