Jordan 2014 – Day Two

Today was spent exploring the ancient Nabatean city of Petra. We spent from 9.00am to 5.00pm enjoying the sights and sounds of Petra, and were there long enough to some of the famous changes in the colour of rock as the hours clicked by. These few photographs below cannot do justice to the experience, but they may provide some sense of our day.

We began by walking through the Siq, a natural channel through the rocks.

140622 Petra - Siq

 

Finally we reached the end of the Siq and caught our first glimpse of the Khazneh, or (misnamed) Treasury.

140622 Petra - Khazneh-from-Siq


140622 Petra - Khazneh

 

Just so you know I really was there, here is a picture taken by Clare:

140622 Petra - Greg-at-Khazneh

 

This panorama shows the ancient theatre that was carved out of the natural rock, with some of the less ornamental caves nearby.

140622 Petra - Theatre

 

After lunch I took a camel back to the Khazneh from our restaurant deep inside the rock-walled basin. The world looks different from up here and especially when the handler gives me the single rope that serves for a rein, and moves to the rear. (I had no spare hands for a camera after that!)

140622 Petra - From-Camels-back

 

Finally we returned to our delightful accommodation at Beit Zaman.

140622 Beit Zaman

 

 

 

About gregoryjenks

Anglican priest and religion scholar. Senior Lecturer in the School of Theology at Charles Sturt University. Dean-elect, Cathedral Church of Christ the King, Grafton. Formerly Dean at St George's College, Jerusalem. Currently serving as the locum priest at Byron Bay Anglican Parish.
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