Hidden amid the Wadi Musa, the Valley of Moses in South Jordan, is one of the most fascinating and mysterious ruins on Earth, the legendary rock city of Petra. A desert tribe, the Nabateans, once established a settlement in the shelter of the rocks and founded a splendid royal city that has survived to the present day.
For many centuries, their sanctuaries and dwellings that had been carved into the rock fell into oblivion until they were later rediscovered.
Several ancient paths lead through one of the most fascinating metropolis' of ancient times and a seemingly hostile desert world of rock, yet full of the fascinating remains a legendary people.
Before the Nabateans built this splendid rock city within the desert, they first had to organize a supply of water. With great technical skill, they succeeded in diverting the water from distant springs along the walls of narrow canyons and into the city.
Even today, Petra has a unique and magical atmosphere and both the local Bedouin tribes, as well as those who visit, cannot fail but be impressed by it.
The legendary rock town of the Nabateans provides a remarkable insight into a bygone epoch of the Near East that continues to be full of historic mystique.