The ancient Nabataean city of Petra, carved out of rock, offers such a wealth of attractions that you can spend days there visiting and hiking, discovering astonishing treasures as you go.

These informative visual tours are meant to inspire you, showing some of its highlights along several chapters, and to provide orientation through interactive maps while you visit the site.

The legendary capital of the Nabataeans is one of the world's richest and largest archaeological sites. Established around the 4th century BC in the valley known as Wadi Musa, between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea, half-built, half-carved into the red sandstone of a fascinating landscape, Petra became a wealthy crossroad and caravan center during Hellenistic and Roman times.

Accessed via a spectacular natural cleft, the sacred Siq, its elaborate tomb and temple architecture, religious high places, ingenious water management system, and archaeological remains from prehistoric to medieval times, are an exceptional testimony to the civilizations which succeeded each other there. Its outstanding universal value was the reason why Petra was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985.


A wealth of photos and information, orientation via interactive maps
Overview map of all chapters

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