Petra.22

Many of you fabulous readers have been posting comments or writing me privately to say you’re still loving this steady trickle of Petra photos. It’s amazing, indeed…and another amazing thing is that so far I’ve only shown you about half of the terrain. 🙂 The photo above is looking down from the Wadi al Farasa trail, toward what that map I posted earlier calls the Colonnaded Street. The tent you see? It’s covering the Byzantine Church, which has quite lovely mosaics (as one would expect of a Byzantine Church, correct?) that I guess need more protection from the elements than all these toughest, oldest Nabataean ruins do. Below, you can see two photos of what the brochure tells us is the only amphitheater in the world which is carved *out* of the rocky hillside, rather than built into it. In other words: to create the rows, they didn’t add blocks of stone in rows; they carved rows of benches out of the surrounding rocky hillside. And they did all of this more than 2,000 years ago. And of course an afternoon shot of the Treasury, that single most famous place in Petra. So much more ahead…so I hope you’ll continue to find it worth coming back for, from day #2 where we’ll see the Byzantine Church, the building called The Monastery (way upper left, on that map I included in Petra.3), and oh so very much more. Stay tuned and keep coming back :-).

3 responses

  1. John

    Love it!

    October 20, 2021 at 07:27

  2. That bit about the amphitheater is pretty amazing.

    October 21, 2021 at 05:06

    • @stephenbrockmann — I *know*, isn’t it simply mind-boggling? That’s the thing about Petra: it’s beautiful, and impressive, and defies belief…

      October 23, 2021 at 11:11

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