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Before the 1989 release of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, only a few thousand visitors trickled into Petra each year. In the decades since visitor numbers have swelled thanks in large part to Petra’s portrayal everywhere from the silver screen to the TV screen. 

The third installment in the Indiana Jones franchise was filmed all over the world, but the holy grail Indiana and friends were racing to find was located within the fictional Canyon of the Crescent Moon — in reality Al Khazneh, or The Treasury, in the UNESCO-listed city of Petra. Visitors to Petra pass through a narrow gorge known as the Siq to enter the complex, and just like Indiana Jones, Al Khazneh is the jaw-dropping sight that greets them upon exiting the gorge. 

While much of the 2001 film The Mummy Returns was filmed in Morocco, a few train scenes were filmed on the Hijaz Railway just outside of Amman in Jordan. The gorges surrounding Petra were also used as filming locations for the action flick. 

Another famous film that used Petra was a backdrop was the 2009 Michael Bay hit Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. This second installment in the series features Al Deir (The Monastery) as the Tomb of the Primes.

Other films and shows that used Petra as a filming location include Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997), Passion in the Desert (1997) and the 2010 television series An Idiot Abroad.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 90 Reviews

Marvel at three of Jordan’s most awe-inspiring sights on this 3-night private tour from Amman, with round-trip transport and hotel accommodation all included. ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $410.63
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6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum, Amman, Multi-day Tours
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6-Night Best of Jordan Tour from Amman: Jerash, Dead Sea, Petra and Wadi Rum

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See the highlights of Jordan on a 6-night tour with 3-, 4- or 4-star superior hotel accommodation in Amman and Petra included! Contrast the hubbub of Amman ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 7 days (approx.)

From USD $781.25
Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Tel Aviv, Multi-day Tours
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Petra Day Trip from Tel Aviv - UNESCO World Heritage Site

4 star rating: Recommended 72 Reviews

Visit the UNESCO world heritage site of Petra, in a convenient day trip from Tel Aviv. With your round-trip flights to Eilat, and transfers to Petra included, ...  Read more

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 16 hours (approx.)

From USD $396.00
4-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba Private Tour from Amman, Amman, Day Trips
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4-Day Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba Private Tour from Amman

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Visit Jordan’s golden triangle – Petra, Wadi Rum and Aqaba – on an exciting 4-day tour from Amman, led by a private guide! After enjoying a tour of the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $481.25
2-Night Jordan Private Tour from Amman: Petra and the Dead Sea, Amman, Private Sightseeing Tours
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2-Night Jordan Private Tour from Amman: Petra and the Dead Sea

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Marvel at ancient Petra and the Dead Sea on this fascinating 2-night Jordan tour from Amman, led by a private guide! Learn about the 2,000-year-old, rock-cut ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

From USD $375.00
Private Three Day Tour to Petra - UNESCO World Heritage Site, Amman, Multi-day Tours
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Private Three Day Tour to Petra - UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Discover one of the wonders of the world, carved from the pink-hued stone more than 2,000 years ago. On this 3-day tour you will have ample time to fully ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 3 days (approx.)

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Private Overnight Tour to Wadi Rum, Amman, Multi-day Tours
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Private Overnight Tour to Wadi Rum

Your real life desert adventure begins as you drive four hours south of Amman to visit Wadi Rum, where the famous movie Lawrence of Arabia was filmed.

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $200.00
Petra Day Trip from Amman, Amman, Overnight Tours
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Petra Day Trip from Amman

Discover Petra’s rock-carved ruins, 'Indiana Jones' filming sites and rich Nabataean history on a day trip from Amman! After traveling south to the ...  Read more

Location: Amman, Jordan
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $218.75

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