Siq, Petra

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    Al-Siq Canyon details

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Oct 2, 2010

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    The Siq is a meandering path between beautifully-colored sandstone cliffs about 150m high on each side. Occasionally the path widens enough to allow in warm sunlight and even a tree; other times it becomes so narrow (as little as 2 meters apart) that the stone seems to block out virtually all heat, light, and sound.
    There are many things to see along the Siq. Take special note of how the water has eroded away the sandstone.
    Along the way are some small niches, shrines and carvings to investigate, and running alongside the length of the Siq are water channels carved by the Nabateans to provide water to the city of Petra.
    Check out some of the incredible colors in the red-rose rock mountains of Petra.

    You can watch my 3 min 32 sec HD Video Jordan Petra part 3 Siq out of my Youtube channel.

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    The Siq

    by diageva Updated Jul 19, 2004

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    Over two kilometres is what you will have to walk between high pink, yellow, ochre walls to reach the famous Treasury, a narrow passageway where you will feel like in other world. I had the great luck to walk through these walls by the hand of a Bedouin friend that explained me about all we saw.

    At the entrance you can find the rests of what was an arch. Holes in the walls to keep treasures, a dam next to the at the entrance, dug channels of water running parallel to the Siq, animals and men and woman figures indicating where animals must drink or where should people.

    Try to find a moment to walk through this special place alone or with someone special. You will discover a different Siq.
    Thanks Bassem

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    expecting the best

    by zumodemango Updated Sep 11, 2004

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    In teh Siq, it's like a long garge, the stones change their colors dependending on the light. It amazed everytime , every instant you are there. The highness, the diferent changes make you feel insignificant. On the other side, i think in all the people who passed there before me.
    Everytime goose pimples and emotion and motion and hapiness. Now, i have in my mind last time i saw tresoury for siq, last Friday 31th June. It's like going back and forward because i remember perfectly first time i saw the tresoury from teh Siq, the first days of November 1999.

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    The Processional Way

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Jul 17, 2005

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    The Siq wasn't the normal way into Petra, but was the ceremonial entrance to the religious part of the town.

    It is lined with votive niches all the way; some of them have worn away.

    At the entrance there are "watch points" on both the left and the right hand sides; it is quite easy to climb up, especially the left hand one. In several places steps were cut to help.

    At the top there is a seat carefully placed in a hollowed out niche where there is always a breeze. You can often see the local men sitting there to cool down. It is even possible to be COLD up there, when it is sweltering on the ground.

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    The Siq - Entranceway to Petra

    by morgr Updated Nov 10, 2004

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    The Siq will be the first thing you see upon arriving at Petra, well, apart from the ticket booth, but I think not too many people pay much attention to it.

    The Siq is a narrow (roughly) 1km long walkway through a gorge with walls probably 100m tall on either side. As you walk towards Petra, on your left hand side you may notice a bit of a dug out in the rock. This was used as a water-chanel to transport water to Petra. At the end of the Siq you will get your first glance of the Treasury and the classic photo op seen on my Petra intro page.

    Depending on what time you leave Petra (and what time of year you are visiting too I guess), it can be a bit of a challenge getting out through the Siq. If you think you may be leaving Petra after it's dark, as I did, bring a flashlight (torch) as there is no lighting whatsoever in the Siq and due to the tall walls, the moonlight does not get in too well. Also keep an ear out for horse hooves, every now and then they would come galloping by, and there being not much room in there, we kept having to stand close to the wall to allow it to pass.

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    Early morning magic

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 5, 2005

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    First and foremost when planning your visit to Petra is to ensure that you get there as early in the morning as you possibly can. That way you stand a chance of experiencing the magical and awe-inspiring sensation of being on your own in the Siq. It's worth whatever it takes to get you up and out there first thing.

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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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    Al-Siq

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Mar 31, 2005

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    ...The Nabataeans and Romans sustained thier sophisticated civilisation through skilful water management that included advanced hydraulic systems to control the flow of water. On either side of the Siq are water channels with basins. The southern channel is hollowed out of the rock and was originally covered by sandstone and limestone slabs to prevent evaporation and contamination. The northern channel was made of interlocking terracotta pipes, parts of which can still be seen in situ.

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    Al-Siq

    by Cristian_Uluru Written Mar 31, 2005

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    Al-Siq is 1207 metres long and 3 to 16 metres wide. It's a natural gorge of spectacular geological formation. which the Nabateans widened in parts by carving out the rock. Paved in the 1st century BC by Romans, the Siq served as Nabataeans religious processional passageway into Petra...

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    The Gorge

    by xaver Written Jan 8, 2014

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    This is the ancent main entrance to Petra.
    An impressive 1200 meters long gorge of stunning beauty. Along the siq there are peakes up to 80 meters high.
    Walking through the Siq you get to see bizarre looking geological formations, colorful rocks, terraces, water channels cut into cliffs.
    It's a long walk but I would reccomend to not take horses or donkey at least on the first round as it is descent and the walk is an amazing experience.

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    The Siq

    by MalenaN Written Apr 28, 2005

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    The Siq (Al-Siq) is a 1,2 km long path with high and steep walls only a few meters wide. Nowdays the path is covered with asphalt which makes it easy to walk. Also during the Roman period the path was paved with stones, stones that can be seen at some places.
    While you are walking along the siq look along the side for the waterchannels the Nabateans cut in the walls. At some places you can even see the old terracotta pipes. In the walls of the rock you can also see niches where it once stood figures of gods and small niches for oil lamps for the night.
    It feels amazing to walk down the Siq and finaly see the Treasuru (Al-Khazneh) when you reach the end.

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    The shrine in the middle

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 3, 2005

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    At one point where the ravine widens, a shrine has been placed. A little lower down, on the left hand side of the Siq you can see the carving of a large camel and part of a couple of camel drivers. The camel is not easily seen, but more so since the Siq restoration revealed the feet of the camel drivers which had been buried in the gravel.

    Nabatean drawing or carvings of camels always indicated where water can be found : the camel's head is looking towards an ancient waterfall.

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    The Siq

    by mardaska Written Oct 14, 2003

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    The Siq is the principal entrance into the city which is invisible until you are almost in it. It is about 1 km long. It was formed when tectonic forces split the mountain in two.
    The first time I was there the path was old and stony. The second time the stony path was ruined to make a new one made of cement...so out of place!

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    Coloured walls

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Aug 3, 2005

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    The majestic walls of this ravine tower above one all the way down: sometimes looming above one at the narrow parts, sometimes further away; sometimes dark and intimidating, sometimes streaked with the famous Petra colours. Always the Siq is majestic. If by good luck or good management you succeed in passing through it when nobody else is around the atmosphere is wonderful. If a group or a party of students is there, you hear their voices echoing from a hundred meters or more.

    There are still a couple of places where the original paving stones have been uncovered and left in place. You can see the marks left by the wheels of the heavy carts used by the original in habitants.

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    Walking down through the narrow valleys of rock

    by angiebabe Updated Oct 26, 2010

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    Walking down through the valley or rock with exciting anticipation of arriving at The Treasury - Petra!
    Its about half an hour or so of gentle slope from the entrance through the Siq walkway down to the Treasury - with all sorts of interesting rock formations, carvings into the rocks, cut outs that look like they were places to keep lanterns to light the way at night - and even statues in the rocks

    Have your camera ready for this part of course

    - remember then that its another half an hour or so of uphill to get back out again!...in addition to the potential hours walking around the Petra site

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