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


The Sacred City from Glasshouse Media on Vimeo.

Arriving at Petra
The Walk Into Petra
The Siq
The Small Siq
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
Kubtha High Place
Wadi Nmeir 
Small Delights
The Bedul
Petra Today 
Petra Park
Is Petra the
Holy City of Islam?


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.