Side view from stairs leading up the hiking trail to the High Place of Sacrifice, a diversion off the main path, but an unmissable part of the Ancient Petra.
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.