Petra is a highlight not just of Jordan but of the entire Middle East, a sublime and mysterious city that sits as an incomparable jewel of ancient architecture. Petra was once an important stop on a Roman trading route, but was only assimilated into the empire in 106 AD. Until then it had been a stronghold of the Nabataen Arab kingdom, whose knowledge of Greek architectural styles is reflected in their astonishing cliff-bound monuments. Today Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Approaching through the long, narrow chasm, or Siq, you come face to face with the graceful columns of the magnificent Treasury, Petra’s most-photographed building. Like almost all structures here, it wasn’t built but rather carved out of the pink-hued rock, which means the interiors are usually modest in comparison with their grand facades. Further sights at ground level include an 8,000-seat amphitheater, numerous tombs and the triumphal arch of the Temenos Gateway.

Climb to higher ground and you'll find an open-air site of ritualistic sacrifices, the huge Monastery and the Triclinium, or Feast Hall, which has the best of Petra's few surviving decorated interiors.

Practical Info

Petra is 150 miles (240 kilometers) south of Jordan, near the town of Wadi Mousa, where there is a variety of accommodation. A stay of at least two days is recommended.

Tours & Tickets

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3-Night Jordan Private Tour: Petra, Wadi Rum and the Dead Sea

4.5 star rating: Recommended 65 Reviews

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights

From USD $410.63
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2-Day Petra and Jordan Tour from Jerusalem

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Location: Jerusalem, Israel
Duration: 2 days

From USD $390.00
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Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv - UNESCO World Heritage Site

4 star rating: Recommended 38 Reviews

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 16 hours

From USD $396.00
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Private Three Day Tour to Petra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 3 days

From USD $292.50
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Day-Tour to the City of Petra from Tel-Aviv

Location: Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel
Duration: 1 day

From USD $415.00

8-Day Amman and Petra Main Attraction Tour

This 8-day Jordan tour includes a visit to Amman, Petra, Dead Sea, Wadi Rum, Aqaba's main attractions.

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $1,419.00

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