You can now take a virtual tour of Petra, the UNESCO-world heritage city in Jordan.
While there is no substitute for seeing the ancient wonder of Petra in person, Google’s guided tour of the Rose-Red City certainly allows you the benefit of a virtual trip from the comfort of your own home.
Petra: a brief history
Over 2,000 years ago, the Nabataeans created Petra — the city of stone — and to this day, its archaeological mystery feeds into one of the many reasons why it is one of the great wonders of the world.
Back when Petra was a thriving city, it was the Nabateans who controlled the trading route which stretched from the West Bank of Jordan to the northern border of the Arabian peninsula. For hundreds of years, the Western world did not know that Petra existed, until a European explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, disguised himself as an Arab and infiltrated the city in 1812.
Because of its rose-red sandstone hills, Petra is often referred to as the ‘Rose city’; it is surrounded by the crimson-tinged mountains and dusty golden pathways that glimmer in the desert sun.
To this day, local Bedouins still live within the walls of the city; they make their income by guiding tourists to lesser-known viewing points and selling souvenirs to travellers who have come in search of the city’s secrets.
If you’re seeking answers to satisfy your curiosity about Petra, then the guided online tour is definitely one journey to take while you are sat at home.
A virtual tour of Petra
Despite being known as the ‘Lost City’, over 2,500 tourists pass through the winding pathways, tombs and temples of Petra every day. The ‘Rose City’ is a labyrinth of intriguing staircases and honeycomb caves, but every time a tourist touches the sandstone walls, a tiny piece of the city disappears, which is why the authorities in the city of Petra have to strike the balance between providing a magical tourist experience and preserving its precious history.
Ironically, as a result of regional conflicts and, now, the travel restrictions in place due to the global pandemic, visitor numbers are at an all time low. However, you can take this time to to discover the enchanting city and its lost civilization from your sofa while you wait for the opportunity to see it in person.
Take the virtual tour of Petra: wander through the ancient city
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