Dag 4 donderdag 17 april 2008 Thursday April 17 2008 Day 4
       

 

Entrance ticket for the Petra complex 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.
Entrance ticket for the Petra complex
       
     
Grooming the horses and the camels Grooming the camels A carriage taking you to the Siq Some of the group on horseback
     
Some of the group on horseback One of the Bedouin on horseback Typical rock formation One of the Bedouin on horseback
       

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.
Only a few of our group took the opportunity to ride the first 800m on horseback. Going on foot gives you the opportunity to stop and take pictures, go back on your tracks for a different view, etc. A good reason voor most of our group to go on foot.

       
     
A carriage en route to the Treasury , Al-Khazneh The entrance of the 1200m long Siq' A carriage en route to the Treasury , Al-Khazneh The 1200m long Siq
       
       
The 1200m long Siq Information about the treasury The 1200m long Siq
       
  The Treasury, Al-Khazneh  
The end of the Siq 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 end of the Siq with view at the Treasury, Al-Khazneh

 

 
View at the Treasury, Al-Khazneh View at the Treasury, Al-Khazneh
       
The Treasury Al-Khazneh The Treasury Al-Khazneh The Treasury Al-Khazneh
  The treasury Al-Khazneh  
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.
The Treasury Al-Khazneh
     
       
The Treasury Al-Khazneh Camels for rent The Treasury Al-Khazneh
 
       
Natabeese houses cut out in the rock Big insect Alang the façades street
Natabeese houses cut out in the rock Along the Façade street
     
Springin Petra The graves of the kings, Jabal Al-Khutha Roman ruins Marius in action
Spring in Petra The graves of the kings, Jabal Al-Khutha Roman ruins Marius in action
 
 
Spring in Petra En route tp the Cloistre Roman ruins
Springin Petra     Roman ruins
 
The red coloured  sandstone Cave dwelling the  red coloured  sandstone Cave dwelling
The red coloured  sandstone Cave dwelling the red coloured sandstone Cave dwelling
       
The red coloured  sandstone The red coloured  sandstone The graves of the kings at the foot of the mountain Al-Kubtha The graves of the kings at the foot of the mountain Al-Kubtha
The red coloured  sandstone rock The graves of the kings at the feet of the mountain Al-Kubtha
       
The red coloured  sandstone The Palais grave The Urn grave Al-Mahkama
The red coloured  sandstone The Palace grave The Urn grave Al-Mahkama
       
Walk along the graves of the kings The avenue of the columns Walk along the graves of the kings
  The avenue of the columns  
 

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