Petra, one of Seven Wonders of the World, is without a doubt Jordan's most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a unique, vast city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataean people, industrious Arabs who settled in Petra more than 2000 years ago, turning it into a significant junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes.
The "Lost City" is another name for Petra, because it became lost to the western world after the 1400's AD. Four centuries later, however, it was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveler, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron. This year, Petra celebrates its 200th anniversary after its rebirth.
Words won't give Petra justice. It is simply magnificent and breathtaking. The journey starts by entering the city through the Siq, a narrow gorge, over 1km in length, which is flanked on either side by soaring, 80m high cliffs. Just walking through the Siq is an experience in itself. The colors and formations of the rocks are dazzling. As you reach the end of the Siq you will catch your first glimpse of Al-Khazneh (Treasury).
This is an inspiring experience. A massive facade, 30m wide and 43m high, carved out of the sheer, dusky pink rock face and dwarfing everything around it. It was carved in the early 1st century as the tomb of one of the Nabataea kings and represents the engineering genius of these people.
The four stars, Petra Guest House Hotel is ideally located at the majestic city of Petra with only few steps away from the entrance. Conclude your journey of exploration and enjoy history and hospitality at the Petra Guest House Hotel.