Petra, Jordan, November 9, 2010. View as Large (move mouse over right-hand edge of image to choose size).
Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the seven modern Wonders of the World. It was built and carved out of the rock by the Nabateans between 700 BC and 100 AD. Caravans to the east had to pass through Petra and pay taxes to the Nabateans, who therefore became very rich. Their civilisation is considered to have reached its peak in the first century AD but the Romans occupied the city in 106 AD. Due to a series of earthquakes, the city was eventually abandoned and was unknown to the western world until discovered by a Swiss explorer in 1812. It was chosen by the BBC as one of the 40 places you have to see before you die.Read More