Documentary Film based on Gibson's book: Qur'anic Geography
 

 

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PETRA
 
Arriving at Petra
 
The Walk Into Petra
 
The Siq
 
The Small Siq
 
Treasury
 
Street of Facades
 
Water Works
 
The Theater
 
The Royal Tombs
 
High Place
 
Colonnade Street
 
Great Temple
 
Temple of Al Uzza
 
Temple of Dushares
 
The Museum 
 
The Dier 
 
Al Habis
 
Um Al-Biera
 
Jebal Haroun
 
City of Board Games
 
Snake Monument
 
Sabara Suburb
 
City Walls/Map
 
Al Beidha
 
Al Beidha Village
 
Churches
 
Kubtha High Place
 
Wadi Nmeir 
 
Small Delights
 
The Bedul
 
Petra Today 
 
Petra Park
 
Is Petra the
Holy City of Islam?

 PETRA TODAY

Today Petra is again the center of attention, at least from a Middle Eastern perspective. In 1991 41,000 tourists visited Petra. In 1997 nearly ten times that number made the long trip through the canyon mouth to stand in awe before the Treasury, and then to move on through the ancient city streets lined with tombs, temples, and warehouses.

The country of Jordan borrowed some 23 million dollars from the World Bank to build new roads, tourist facilities and other infrastructure in Wadi Musa, the new boom town that has sprung up at the gate to Petra. While this did much to help the flow of tourist traffic, only a small amount was set aside for site preservation.

In 1993, Jordan set aside a hundred odd square miles of rugged canyon country as a national park. All through it are steep walled canyons and old caravan roads that once moved frankincense from Oman to Gaza, silk from China to the palaces of Rome and bracelets of gold from workshops in Aleppo to the markets of Yemen.

It is possible to arrange a tour to visit many of the major Nabataean sites. Tours to Petra are arranged from many places in the world, as well as within Jordan itself. The Internet advertises many of these tours. It is also possible for the average tourist to find their own way to Petra once they are visiting Jordan.

For those wishing to visit Nabataean sites, Petra is probably the most important place to visit. There are numerous travel guides that can help you on your visit, or you can hire a guide at the Government Resthouse where the entrance fees to Petra are to be paid.