Petra, one of the world’s most famous tourist attractions and one of the seven ancient wonders of the world, is located in southern Jordan. The Nabataeans created this amazing city around 100 BC. Petra’s tombs and temples are carved out of rock. Above ground level, Petra looks like a massive sandstone rock with very little vegetation. Petra is an awesome place to visit in winter. In summer temperatures can easily reach 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit). It is also very crowded in summer as well.
Petra was known as “The Rose City” because it was carved into rose-colored rock. It is called “rose” because when the sun’s rays shine on this red sandstone, it looks like a rose in full bloom. This is what Petra means in Arabic: “The Rose City”. Petra was also called by the Arabs “Sela” which meant stone or rock.
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