Petra, Jordan’s Ancient Rock-Cut Capital

Published July 7, 2013
Updated September 1, 2017

Petra Jordan

This impressive 312-BC, cut-from-the-rock creation remained hidden from the Western world until 1812, when a Swiss explorer introduced the ancient city in stone to the world. Described by prize-winning poet John William Burgon as a “rose-red city half as old as time,” Smithsonian Magazine has rightly included Petra as one of the 28 places you need to see before you die.

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