Siq, Petra

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    walk through the siq.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 23, 2008

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    The sig is what makes Petra so much more special than other ancient sites.
    It´s a one and a half kilometer long narrow gorge that serves as the only entrance to Petra.
    It´s very narrow and steep and when you finally get to the end you are awarded with a fantastic view of the treasury.

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    Your first glimpse

    by tim07 Updated Jan 28, 2008

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    Even though you are anticipating this & have been expecting to see it after you've turned many corners in the Siq, nothing can prepare you for your first glimpse of the Treasury. Through the dark of the Siq the sunlight on the columns giving you your fist sight of it will never be forgotten.

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    The Siq

    by tim07 Updated Jan 28, 2008

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    To get into Petra you must walk through the 1.2km long Siq. This passage through the rock is as narrow as about 5 metres & as high as 200 metres in places. The ever changing colour of the rock is a beautiul sight to see. One thing to be aware of as you walk through in awe of your surroundings are the horse & carriages that bring some of the vsitors in, you hear them coming though.

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    The Siq

    by Bregman Written Dec 23, 2007

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    After a short walk from the gate, you will reach the Siq, where the real thing begins. This is a beautiful narrow canyon, made from red stone. This was the Nabataean holy road and is full with hand made statues and other sacred artifacts carved into the stone.

    When you reach the end of the Siq, you see one of the most beautiful views of Petra. The famous Treasury appears outs of the canyon.

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    Walk slowly and feel the breez

    by Tayra2 Updated Feb 16, 2007

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    TAKE A WALK! If you really want to see and feel the Siq then walk, don?t take a horse ride or a carriage ride ( if you want to take such rides then do it only to the entrance of the Siq). Only by walking you can see on the left and rite side all big and small sings left by ancient Nabateans. The Siq itself is long aprox. 1,5 km. On then both sides are very high "walls" which gives a nice shadow and make the walk very pleasant. And it?s not only that, you can see the play of sun and shadow. On both sides are channels that broughts water from a spring several miles away into the Petra. The left one is in very good condition, the right one is partly washed away but still can be sean. You can also see several other things in the rocks like camels and beduins, ancient game boards, stairs, chambers, etc.

    Attention please, listen the silence!!! Mooooom, I need some more water!!! Quickly, hide yourself, they want some more pics! Stairs to heaven? Ufff, the way to heaven is so hard!

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    The Siq

    by antistar Written Jan 25, 2007

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    Petra's Siq is where its beauty really begins. It acts like a conduit as you pass into the city beyond, like you were passing into another world. It's like the passageway to Narnia in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It's a 1.2km long narrow crack in the red sandstone mountains, which used to carry water from nearby Wadi Musa, but was dammed by the Nabataeans to prevent the city from flooding. Now it is a fabulous channel of soaring red rock.

    One of the most amazing features of the Siq, for me, was that at some points I could stop and stand still in almost complete silence, certainly as close to complete silence as I've ever come. The crack in the earth is so deep, and the walls so thick and high, that they block out almost all the sound from outside. The silence was only occasionally broken by inconsiderate tourists shouting to hear the echo. Still, with so few tourists there when I visited, the silent moments were more common.

    The exit to the Siq is even more amazing than its entrance, or even the walk through it. As if designed especially to overwhelm visitors with beauty, the Siq exits onto the magnificent Treasury. This is a famous and much photographed view, and with good reason.

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    Once you are in Petra

    by kentishgirl Written Jan 14, 2007

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    Get to Petra early.
    That will be my best tip on this page! Seriously - the earlier you go, the more tranquil your experience.

    We arrived at about 7am I think, and we were able to wander all through the stunning Siq without anyone else, at the this time of the morning the sun was beautiful -lighting different sections of sandstone - the colours were amazing.

    The Siq is long and high, its kind of like a Canyon and its a great place to get out of the hot sun later in the day when you walk back down!

    Dont rush your walk though, enjoy the tranquility, take a look at the rock carvings and stroll through.

    Petra's Famous Siq
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    Petra - The gorge

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The gorge that leads all the way down towards the main city becomes very narrow at some points. This was an easy way to protect the ancient city since it is quiet a way down and today making it an interesting exploration walk.

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    Petra - The Footpath

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    The footpath suddenly enters the narrow canyon that leads to the main city of Petra. One can only imagine how the ancient people entered here and how busy this path must have been during the construction times as well as during the time of trading. Even though one is right in the middle of the desert - the shade is a welcoming affair, since it keeps the way nice and cool.

    The Footpath
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    Petra - Carvings

    by MikeAtSea Written Nov 23, 2006

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    All along the way one can find carvings in the sand stone. These are master pieces considering that no modern technical equipment that is available today were used. Due to the fact that Petra is situated in a dry region very little erosion destroyed any of the sights.

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    the siq

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    The Siq itself is incredible and the 1200 metre journey leaves you overwhelmed and overawed - its a mix of nature and human engineering, with the occasional carving or rest block to break the 'monotony' and a water channel also carved into the rock running along the edges of the walkway.

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    journey from the gatehouse iii

    by leffe3 Updated Sep 15, 2006

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    Some 500 metres from the Gate House entrance, you reach the entry to the Siq - the 'official' entry into Petra.

    The path through the Siq is the floor of the fissure and was the water channel of the Wadi. The Nabataeans built a dam at the Siq entrance to control the water flow.

    Excitement levels rise palpably, along with the sheersidedness of the Siq - as narrow as 5 metres at some points, and sheer walls of 30-40 metres rising above you.

    The Siq is a superb preparation - take your time as the ground level drops the equivalent of an incredible 31 storey building (you don't notice it now, but believe me, if you walk round the site for the whole, you will notice it at the end of the day when you leave by the same route LOL).

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  • Al-Siq

    by RblWthACoz Updated Apr 13, 2006

    Over 1200 meters long, Al-Siq is a natural gorge which the Nabataeans widened in places by carving out the rock. It was paved in the first century B.C. and served as a religious processional into Petra.

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    The Siq - Petra

    by GandalfOnTour Updated Mar 30, 2006

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    The city of Petra is entered via the 1207m long natural gorge that is the Siq. The walls rise up hundreds of metres keeping out most of the harsh sun, keeping the gorge nice and cool. Things to take note of include the amazing colours of the stones which change according to the light, the water channels that the Nabatean carved into the side of the walls (about a metre up) and many carvings of gods and people in the wall face. At the entrance to the Siq have a look for the rests that once held a great arch across the entrance way. And of course at the end of the Siq you are greeted by the amazing Treasury. It is one of the most amazing experiences as it appears in front of you, not to mention the anticipation as you walk along the Siq knowing that the Treasury could be just around the next corner. But in its own rite is a wonderful experience. Don't rush, walk along slowly and enjoy the cool breeze (hopefully) but watch out for the donkeys!!!

    Entrance to The Siq Water channels Paved section First sight of The Treasury
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    The Siq

    by MiguelMV Written Jan 7, 2006

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    The two kilometre narrow gorge towards the Treasury and the rest of Petra's wonders. What used to be the curse of a river, Nabateans turned it to be the corridor to their sacred city. Water channels and ancient plumbings were built in order to use the water. There are also some vestiges of the nabatean road, and all the way is full of reliefs representing gods or other sculptures, most of them very erosionated.

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