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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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    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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    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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  • Petra By Night

    by RblWthACoz Updated Feb 5, 2007

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    for a mere 12 JD, as if the charge to get into Petra is not enough, you can do the Petra By Night tour. With candles lit the entire way, the tour goes from the gate to the Treasury and not beyond that. You are served tea at the Treasury and an English speaking guide gives a brief talk there. The tour begins at 8:30 and you will be back at the gate at 10:30.

    Personally, I thought for the price it was not really worth it - even with the supposed 1,500 candles lighting my way.But it's the only legal way to get into Petra at night since it is a UNESCO protected sight now and people are no longer allowed to spend the night.

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    Al-Beid: Nabataean stairs

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 13, 2005

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    At the end of the Siq there is a Nabataean stairs. If you want to climb over you pay attention because it isn't so easy as appear in a first moment. By the way at the end of the stairs there is a fantastic panorama over the mountains.

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    Al-Beidha

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Apr 15, 2005

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    When you finish your visit to Al-Beid, on your right there is a path that go to the village of Al-Beidha. The ruins are 9000 years old and together with Jerico it's one of the most ancient archeological site of all the Middle East.

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    Films and Video

    by Gili_S Updated Jan 2, 2011

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    Petra have been the location for many movies, most famous is in the Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade movie. However, one of my favourite music clips is the one by the Leeds band The Sisters of Mercy with their Dominion video clip from the late 80's which was filmed here in Petra. It is a great one :)
    Check my link attached here.

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    Wadi al-Mudhlim

    by RblWthACoz Updated Apr 6, 2006

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    If you want an off the beaten path activity for Petra, this is a pretty good one. If you hike through this area, you will see no one most likely. But be warned that there is a possibility of danger. If there happened to be a flash flood while you are hiking through, you're in trouble. Thankfully though that is a once every 5 or 10 year occurence! :-) So go for it. It can get pretty tight though, so be prepared to jump down a few feet when needed. It's worth it to see the rock formations winding around.

    The "entrance" to this area is right before Al-Siq. When you see the little bridge where the shop is after you walk the path from the gate into Petra, you are there.

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    Scenic Drive to Taybeh

    by leffe3 Written Sep 23, 2006

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    In the opposite direction to Little Petra is the village of Taybet (approximately 10-12 kms). Drive past some of the modern hotel monstrosities and head out of town. The drive is spectacular with stunning vistas. At the end is the charming little town of Taybeh. In Taybeh there's the extraordinary Taybet Zaman - a village 'saved' and converted into a luxury hotel. It's a fabulous place - wander through the alleyways that now house suites, beauty parlours etc, shop in the local souk etc (at western, 5 star hotel prices :)). But the restaurant here is fantastic - the best meal we had in Jordan by a very very long way.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Siq al-Berid or 'Little Petra'

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 23, 2006

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    A few kms from Wadi Musa is the Petra satellite suburb of Siq al-Berid, known as Little Petra. Ideally this should be visited before the main Petra site - it is essentially one Siq with a number of carved facades, but which not suprisingly pale into insignificance compared to the main site! If it is visited first, it provides a gentle introduction. But it's worth a visit in its own right. At 350 metres long, it's hardly taxing and there are several places you can explore (it's most likely this is an example of where people lived - it's narrow confines must of made it quite a noisy place - bit like a tenement!).

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