The Siq (The Shaft) is the main entrance to the ancient Nabatean city of Petra in southern Jordan. The Siq was used as the grand caravan entrance into Petra. Along both walls of the fissure are a number of votive niches containing baetylus, which suggest that the Siq was sacred to the Nabatean people.
The “Rose City” of Petra is an engineering phenomena of hand-hewn caves, temples, and tombs carved from blushing pink sandstone in the high desert of Jordan some 2,000 years ago. The sophisticated water system that supported some 30,000 inhabitants. Carved into the twisted passageway of the Siq, the irrigation channel drops only 12 feet over the course of a mile, while underground cisterns stored runoff to be used in drier times of the year. Hidden by time and shifting sand.
Petra reveals the story of a lost civilization.