|Dag 4||donderdag 17 april 2008||Thursday April 17 2008||Day 4|
Finally we are going to visit Petra
The visit to Petra was for most of us the sole reason to book this trip. The expectoration are high.
From the parking it is a short
walk to horse station; carts an riding horses. The cost for a horse ride
to the Siq is already included in the entrance fee. This way the Bedouin
have a compensation for there eviction from Petra in 1995, for they
lived there on the site itself. In this way the Petra site is preserved
for future generations. The Bedouin has the monopoly on the services
they render; the stalls, the horses, the camels and the carriages.
|The Treasury, Al-Khazneh|
The Siq was not the original entrance, it was
the ceremonial entrance to the religious hearth of the city. It is very
impressive when you walk though the Siq. On both sides 80m high rocks of
sandstone is towering overhead. At the left hand side of the gorge runs
a (now dry) canal, carved out of the rock some 2000 years ago. It
transported potable water to the city. We were early in the morning, so
it was rather quiet still.
Reaching the end of the gorge you see the Treasury in full sunshine, a breathtaking view!
Taking pictures at this time of day was quit dodgy, the light was very hard at this time of day. The differences between parts in full sunshine and those in the shadow was extreem.
During the period of the roman Empire, the Siq was paved, only few parts are left.
|The treasury Al-Khazneh|
The photographs here above were taken early in the
morning about 8:00. The contrast between light and dark was very hard.
The photo's to the sides were taken on the way back about1 5:00, the
difference is significant.
The red colour of the rock is the natural colour of the sand stone.
|Natabeese houses cut out in the rock||Along the Façade street|
|Spring in Petra||The graves of the kings, Jabal Al-Khutha||Roman ruins||Marius in action|
|Springin Petra||Roman ruins|
|The red coloured sandstone||Cave dwelling the red coloured sandstone||Cave dwelling|
|The red coloured sandstone rock||The graves of the kings at the feet of the mountain Al-Kubtha|
|The red coloured sandstone||The Palace grave||The Urn grave Al-Mahkama|
|The avenue of the columns|