A tourist looking at The Treasury, the most famous building in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan

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A tourist looking at The Treasury, the most famous building in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan
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The Ancient ruins of Petra Petra is an archaeological site in the Arabah Ma an Governorate Jordan lying on the slope of Mount Hor in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah Wadi Araba the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba It is renowned for its rock cut architecture Petra is also one of the new wonders of the world The Nabateans constructed it as their capital city around 100 BCE The site remained unknown to the Western world until 1812 when it was introduced to the West by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt UNESCO has described it as one of the most precious cultural properties of man s cultural heritage In 1985 Petra was designated aWorld Heritage Site