10 Amazing Facts About Petra, Jordan

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1. Petra is commonly known as the ‘Lost City’ and it is one of the 7 wonders of the world.

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2. Petra also goes by the name the “Red Rose City.” This name stems from the pink color of the stone that the Nabateans carved to build the city.

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3. The name Petra originates from the Greek word ‘petros’ meaning rocks. It is also known as Al-Batra in Arabic.

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4. During the first centuries BC to AD, Petra is believed to have been home to 20,000 – 30,000 people and was an important trading city.

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5. Petra has been a popular film location in Jordan – and is iconic around the world. The Mummy Returns and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade both had their crews shoot a few scenes at Petra.

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6. It is believed that Petra was established in 312 BC, making it one of the oldest cities in the world.

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7. Archaeologists have explored only 15% of Petra. Most of the city remains underground, and it only means that there are more wonders to come.

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8. Petra was home to lush gardens. Yes, this is one of the most fascinating Petra facts.

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9. The Treasury is actually a graveyard. It is home to more than 600 tombs.

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10. Petra became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1985 and it is Jordan's most visited tourist attraction.

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