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Ancient City of Petra by Arty Blazer
The old city of Petra has
a long and turbulent history. While it used to be a flourishing city, natural
disasters and economical changes let unforgiving time swallow the settlement
as it was left by its inhabitants. It took ages until the city was rediscovered
by historians, as almost an entire millennium passed without anybody remembering
about it. Things changed in 1812 when a Swiss explorer named Johann Ludwig
Burckhardt rediscovered it. BBC included Petra on its list of must see
places and other distinctions were offered giving birth to profitable tourism
for the area.
|One particularity of Petra
is the fact that the buildings are cut in stone and not made of different
pieces. Because of this special feature, the place was included on the
list of UNESCO World Heritage sites. An archaeological park was founded
here in the '90s and many specialists have come to visit Petra ever since.
Located 250 kilometers away from Amman, the city carved in rock is protected
by law as the buildings are still suffering due to erosion and other natural
activities. When you visit Petra you will notice how all conveniences aimed
at tourists are located at the entrance and not inside.
It is believed that Petra
was founded by the ancient people, Nabatei, that came to the area about
two millenniums ago. The city of Petra was an important commercial node
that connected routes from all Arabia with Indian caravans that were threading,
carrying silk, and exotic spices as well as African goods. While trade
was blooming, so did Petra; the city had known a period of economic boom
and fair wealth until it was finally forgotten because of the change in
trade routes. The architecture of Petra is noteworthy because of its complex
of canals and dams.
|After being under Roman
occupation for a while, Petra failed to recover its beauty and glamour.
It took the passion and determination of the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig
Burckhardt to discover Petra once again. The traveler talked to his guide
and asked to be taken where rumors indicated the presence of an ancient
city. This is how Petra was uncovered as a tourist destination that many
people from all corners of the planet still visit each year. During our
times Petra fascinates and pleases, one of its great advantages being the
enthralling location in the depth of a desert gorge.
Once you set foot in Petra,
you will be able to enter the siq. This is the place where the city looks
like it was broken in two, which actually happened when the city was devastated
by a powerful earthquake. From here, you can stroll on the high cliffs
while letting your guide translate writings on the ancient walls.
At the end of the aforementioned
siq, you will see the Treasury, which is the most important landmark in
Petra. You may have seen it in movies, used for its exceptional mystique,
but it is a totally different experience to see it in all its glory.
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Plaza Resort Petra
Set against a breathtaking
view of the Petra Mountains, Crowne Plaza Petra Hotel, is the only real
choice for your visit to discover 9000 years of history. Besides the unique
view provided from the hotel's patio of the dramatic Petra Mountains, the
Crowne Plaza Resort Petra is only steps away from the visitor's entrance
to the siq and the old city with its world famous archaeological sites.
The capital Amman is a three hour drive away. Heated outdoor swimming pool
and terrace bar, Jacuzzi, sauna and tennis court, 3 Restaurants, lobby
bar, evening cocktail lounge with dance floor, conference room, 2000 year
old "Nabatean Tomb" the Cave Bar is fronted with a large piazza. The Basin
Restaurant in the old city offers lunch in a setting unmatched by its beauty.
Enjoy one of the Seven Wonders
of the World, the ancient Nabatean city of Petra carved from the rock over
a thousand years ago. The hotel is a haven for comfort and luxury. Almost
all the spacious rooms have spectacular views of the valley. There are
several culinary choices; at Dushara, start your day with an elaborate
breakfast buffet or enjoy Middle Eastern specialties for lunch or dinner.
Feast on homemade pizza and pasta at L'Affresco, the Italian restaurant.
For relaxation, the hotel offers many amenities. Swim in the outdoor pool
and enjoy the breathtaking views. Rejuvenate your body during a Turkish
bath, sauna or massage.
Nabatean Castle Hotel Petra
Castle Hotel is a 10 minute drive from the entrance to the historic site
of Petra, situated in a breathtaking secluded position on a hillside at
an altitude of 1,400 metres. The hotelís Al Madafa main dining room and
the Al Nadeem Bar, each with its own terrace, invite you to relax and enjoy
life. Featuring a large terrace with fountain, this attractive venue is
the hotel's main restaurant. With exceptional breakfast, lunch and dinner
buffets, plus our own specialities and snacks served throughout the day,
we cater to your every need. All the hotel's 90 rooms and suites are spacious
and most have extraordinary views over the Great Rift Valley. Interconnecting
rooms and non-smoking rooms are available on request.
Located directly at the
entrance to the historic city of Petra, the luxurious Mövenpick Resort
Petra is certainly one of the most notable hotels in the Middle East. With
seven different dining or entertainment venues, we certainly offer you
all the choices you could wish for after a day visiting the magical site
of Petra. Al Saraya is an all-day dining restaurant that features a sumptuous
Breakfast Buffet and international classics for lunch and dinner, whether
à la carte or buffet selections. Luxuriously decorated with a marble
fountain, the award-winning Al Iwan is the ideal location for lavish Mediterranean
culinary delights. Luxurious and welcoming, Al Maq'aad is inspired by the
tales of the Arabian Nights. Appealingly exotic, a visit to the Al
Maq'aad Bar for afternoon snacks or evening cocktails is not to be missed.
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