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    Al-Beid: houses

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    One of the most nice things that you see in Little Petra are the houses. Theya were buld in more levels and there are a lot of stairs that reach them. This is a peculiarirty of this city that you can't find in Petra.

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    Al-Beid: Dining room or bedrooms?

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Following to walk along the siq there are three big hole in the rock. They probably are dining room but also bedrooms as you can see from the signs over the wall. Inside these big rooms there is also a well where Nabatean collected water. Inside of them, over the roof there are some paints.

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    Al-Beid: Triclinium

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    When you pass the door of entrance you see on your left this nice monuments. It's a temple, with again a lot of mistery to discover, and under its there are four triclinium that Nabateans used as dining room. Very nice monuments with very strange colours.

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    Al-Beid: The Siq

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    Little Petra is different from Petra. It's buld along a Siq long 400 metres. Along its you can find a temple and also a lot of houses. It's very difficult that you find many people there, beduins are very friendly and the place is fantastic!!!!

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    Al-Beid

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    After 15 minutes by car you arrive to Little Petra. The first thing that you see is a Siq long 400 metres. Just few metres before the entrance there is this nice small temple caved with the typical Nabataean style.

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    The Haron's Tomb

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    On the Gebel Harun (1396 metres) there is a small Muslim Sanctuary that it was build over a tomb. Archeologists think that this is the Tomb of Haron, brother of Moses. It's very difficult to see and you can see it onlu with a good zoom.

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    Panorama over Petra

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    From the road that go to Al-Beid you can see a wonderful panorma over Petra. From the picture on the left you can see some Tombs (Moghar al Nassara) and in the background there is the Great Temple and the Byzantine Church. A great view!!!!

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    Panorama over Petra

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    If you have time (about 3 hours) I suggest to you to visit Al-Beid, also call Little Petra. On the road towards the city, there is a wonderful panorama on Petra. You can see all the Wado Mousa, The Bizantyne Church, the Great Temple and also some tombs. From here you can see all the maestosity of this fantastic town hidden inside the mountain.

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    Petra Kitchen

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 5, 2005

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    This is basically a cookery school for those wanting to learn how to make Arab dishes.

    A group of local women in Petra have decided to take the big step outside the homes and work with guests each night, demonstrating and helping them prepare a tasty assortment of local dishes. The work is done under the supervision of a chef, but the guests themselves will help to prepare the dishes, cook the meal and even set the tables for dinner....

    There are a number of different evening menus, all of which include a soup, a good assortment of salads and hot/cold mezza and a popular local main course such as mensaf, magluba, suwanee, kofta and other dishes one might encounter if invited to a family home for a meal. You can also learn how to prepare Bedouin tea, Turkish coffee and some herbal teas during the evening. The experience costs 30JD which includes the cookery course, meal and all non-alcoholic beverages as well as take-home recipes for all dishes prepared that evening.

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    Local flower!

    by Djinn76 Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Yes, even in Petra you can find some really nice flower.
    I'm still wondering what this one could be. It looks like a crocus to me. If anyone can provide more information feel free to send me an email...

    To find such a marvel amongst the rocks, you will really have to go off the beaten path!! To some places where even the donkey don't go!

    When walking to high place, I've read from another page I had to turn right at some points while climbing the stairs. I didn't do it and somehow got lost in the middle of the mountains! Too bad but at least that's how I manage to find such a marvel ;-)

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    Electric Rock!

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    We had quite an amusing experience whilst walking up to the high Place of Sacrifice.

    We came across a man sitting behind a rock selling Pepsi, seemingly in the middle of no where.

    He had a fridge, which I can see would keep already cold drinks, cold longer. But he had taped the electric lead in to a rock, to try to give the impression that the fridge was plugged in!

    It stuck Alex & myself as so funny (I think it must have partly been the heat!), Even the drinks seller couldnt help laughing. (~_~)

    To top it off, the drinks were warm!

    Photo is not related at all to this tip, Its is an internal wall of one of the Tombs,
    It is this colouring which obviously gives Petra the title of The Rose City

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    Just Carry On Walking!

    by freya_heaven Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    I assume we were just very lucky, but we rarely saw anyone else in Petra,

    I would say the Monastery and High Places are probably most off the beaten track in Petra itself.

    But if you really want to get away from everyone there is always the 6 hour hike to Mount Hor, to visit the Tomb Of Aaron, Moses brother.

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    Beyond the Monestary

    by morgr Updated Nov 11, 2004

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    After resting you legs at the restaurant opposite the monestary for a bit, and rather than heading strait back down the way you came up, continue past the Monestary. Keep going up following rocks on the ground with the word 'view' painted on them and you will soon come to two peaks with great views onto the surrounding mountains.

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    What our Taxi driver recomend us...

    by diageva Written Jul 20, 2004

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    He wrote us a list of things to do:
    1. Go to Petra by Kingsway
    2. Visit Petra
    3. Visit Little Petra
    4. Go to Wadi Rum (sit an see the sunset)
    5. Go to the Dead Sea in Jordan Valey
    6. City tour + um qais + jarsh + ajtoun

    His name was Ahmad, and ... here you have his phone ... he was a nice man also

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    Beida

    by call_me_rhia Written Jan 13, 2004

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    Beida is Petra's little sister, and it's about 30 minutes drive from it. Beida is a miniature Petra... it's another Nabatean city carved into bare sandstone along a narrow canyon. It's less imposing than Petra, but also less crowded, which makes it worthwhile to see. However it only makes sense to visit it before Petra, not after, to have a taste of what you'll enjoy the following day. One sad note about charming little Beida: several beduin families living there have been turned into beggars by inconsiderate tourists.

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