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    Petra

    ISBN-10: 1859641474
    ISBN-13: 9781859641477
    Author(s): Rosalyn Maqsood, Ann Jousiffe
    Description: This completely updated and revised third edition includes: detailed maps of walks around the city; comprehensive tours of monuments, tombs and ancient religious sites; practical advice on where to stay and what to take; and a complete account of  More...
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    Edition: 3rd
    Publisher: Garnet Publishing, Limited
    Binding: Paperback
    Pages: 262
    Size: 5.50" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 1.122
    Language: English

    This completely updated and revised third edition includes: detailed maps of walks around the city; comprehensive tours of monuments, tombs and ancient religious sites; practical advice on where to stay and what to take; and a complete account of the city's Nabatean, biblical and Roman history Petra is a symbol of the hidden treasures of the Near East and one of the world's most spectacular and popular travel destinations. Its famous rose-red cliffs in which its ancient inhabitants carved lavish funeral monuments were hidden for many centuries, until their rediscovery in 1812. This long desertion means that the ruins are well preserved, and the visitor can now enjoy exploring the many hectares covered by the city. The Nabateans' remarkable civilization was enriched by their sustained power in commerce and war, and was reflected in their capital. The Romans added to Petra's glory by building a theatre, an aqueduct and colonnades. With the help of this guidebook, the visitor can relive the wonder Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the 'discoverer' of Petra, must have felt when he looked for the first time on this most famous lost city.

    Ann Jousiffe was an experienced journalist, photographer and writer of travel guides. Her previous publications include Lebanon (Lonely Planet, 1998) and contributing chapters to Jordan, Syria and Lebanon (Lonely Planet, 1999) and North Africa (Lonely Planet, 1998). Sadly, she passed away before this book was published.

    Introduction
    The ruins
    Petra's inhabitants today
    Lost cities
    The discovery of Petra
    History
    Petra in ancient history
    The Nabataean period (sixth century BCE-106 CE)
    The religion of Petra
    Everyday life in ancient Petra
    Walking Tours
    Travelling from Amman
    Travelling from Aqaba
    An overnight itinerary
    The best use of a 24-hour stay
    The Tours
    The Siq Gorge
    The High Place of Sacrifice (Jabal al-Najr)
    The City Ruins
    Al-Habis and the Wadi Siyagh
    Umm al-Biyara
    The Royal Tombs
    North and north-east Petra
    Al-Barid, a mini-Petra
    Wadi Sabrah
    Ed Deir
    Jabal Harun
    Petra environs
    Practical Matters
    Jordan: basic information
    Everyday life in Petra today
    Planning your trip
    Accommodation and restaurants
    Transport
    Other practical matters
    Manners and modes
    Appendices
    The teachings of Islam
    Useful addresses
    Further reading
    Useful words and phrases
    Archaeological periods in the Holy Land
    Index

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