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The Rose City

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Petra is sometimes known as the Rose City because of the color of the stone it has been carved from.

Over 2,000 years old...

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It is possible that Petra dates as far back as the 5th century BC! Over half a million visitors a year get to enjoy this fantastic wonder.

The Treasury "Al-Khazneh"

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The Treasury is probably the most familiar feature of Petra and has turned up in many movies, such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade!

Home of the Nabataeans

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The Nabataeans were an Arab people who lived in Petra (which they called Raqmu). Jordan relies on tourist income for its economy.

Abandoned for centuries...

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Petra came under Roman rule for a while and was conquered by the Arabs. It was rediscovered in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, a Swiss explorer.

Under threat...

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Petra has to face many threats, such as rock erosion, flooding, insufficient restoration processes and overwhelming tourist traffic.
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