Jordan has two powerful reasons to allure so many visitors from all over the world. It is home to the worldwide known archeological remains of the capital of the Nabatean, Petra, an awesome array of temples, palaces and houses dug out and carved in the red-rose stone of Mount Hor. Established around the 6th century BC it remained unknown to the Western world until Swiss explorer Johann L  Burckhardt got there in 1812. Listed as a World Heritage Site since 1985 and chosen as one of the New 7 Wonders in 2007 Petra has been described by UNESCO  as one of the most precious cultural properties of man’s cultural heritage. The impressive eastern entrance down a deep and narrow gorge know as the Siq provides an overwhelming approach to Petra’s most recognizable and elaborated ruin, the temple popularly known as The Treasury which became world famous after being featured in George Lucas’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The second most visited Jordan’s tourist attraction has also a lot to do with cinema. The amazingly beautiful red dunes, gorges and mountains of the Wadi Run desert astonished audiences worldwide as they were chosen by the filmmakers as the outdoors locations for the 7 Oscar winning 1962 film Lawrence of Arabia. The Bedouins, the people of the desert, are incredibly friendly and hospitable and the more time you can share with them the more enjoyable your visit to Jordan will be.

 

 

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