I've decided to vote for Petra... more accurately, today I had the time and the determination to finally vote for the capital of Nabateans to be included in the New 7 Wonders list.
Up to now there is a large 'campaign' here in Jordan, everybody is inciting to vote for Petra: radio stations, my university, sms on my mobile, the Sims 2 forum ... Some called for voting because "it's a patriotic duty", others said not to vote (I don't know the reason), however, far away from these 'typical Jordanian' discussions, I've voted for Petra for its magnificence... is this the right term to describe a complete city totally carved in the rock, in the middle of the desert with a unique architecture and the most ingenious engineering ever? I really think that between the finalists Petra is the best.
DID YOU KNOW?
Inside the city of the rose-coloured Petra, lies the mausoleum of the Prophet Aaron (as), located on one of the peaks of "Hour Mountain".
The inhabitants of this area consider this to be an extremely sacred site and visit it to pray to God for the fulfillment of their wishes.
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Ain Musa is the place where Moses struck a rock with a branch, causing water to flow out and slake the thirst of the Israelites. It's situated near Petra.
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John William Burgon famously wrote that Petra was a "rose red city half as old as time."
Although at that time Burgon had never been to Petra himself, the phrase has become strongly associated with Petra. In fact the rocks of Petra are of many hues, few of which could properly be described as "rose red".
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Near Petra, there is another Nabatean city, Al-Beidha (also called the little Petra). The ruins of this village are 9000 years old and together with Jericho it's one of the most ancient archaeological sites of all the Middle East.
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Petra is featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade as the Holy Temple where the Holy Grail is located.