Here are Alan, Ellen and Kris heading across the DMZ towards the Jordanian border.
Welcome to the country of Jordan.
Suzanna and Kris shopping for bargains in a Jordanian store.
Below is the town of Wadi Moses, where it is believed that Moses struck the rock to cause water to flow for the Israelites. The spring still flows.
Suzanna is looking towards the distant mountain top, where it is believed that Aaron was buried.
Heading out on foot towards the ancient city of Petra.
The entrance to Petra is through a very narrow canyon, which is nearly a mile long. This canyon and the Treasury tomb at the end of the canyon was featured in the third Indiana Jones movie.
Along the way one of the canyon walls had naturally eroded, and formed the shape of a “fish face”.
Along the way there are ancient carvings on the canyon walls. Below is the remains of the carving of a camel and camel driver.
Along the canyon walls, waterways were carved into the walls to provide water for drinking and irrigation in the city of Petra.
At the end of the canyon, you can see a glimpse of the Temple tomb.
Here is a view of the entrance canyon, looking from the Temple tomb.
Here is the Temple tomb. It was carved entirely out of the sandstone cliff.
The Temple tomb is continually guarded by a Jordanian soldiers.
For those who do not wish to walk, there are plenty of camels and donkeys that are available for hire.
The area begins to widen as we headed towards the main part of the old city. Along the way, there are lots of carved tombs in the surrounding sandstone cliffs.
An earthquake many years ago destroyed the homes. Currently there are archaeologists working to uncover additional homes and buildings.
Below looks towards the main center of the city of Petra.
The amphitheater was carved entirely from the sandstone cliff wall.
There were two restaurants in the main center for the tourists, and we took advantage to have lunch at one of them. If you look closely, you will see that the back wall is really the sandstone cliff wall.
Lunch was a delicious buffet. It was served in a room carved out of the sandstone cliff.
Next we headed towards some of the tombs for a closer look.
Some of the tombs are at ground level. Others were up long series of carved steps.
The importance of the person being buried determined the size of the tomb. The inside of some of the tombs were as big as gymnasiums.
During the 1400’s the Crusaders ruled this area and occupied the city of Petra. Above the city, the Crusaders built a fortress. They carved a walkway across the upper cliff face for entrance to the fortress. It is an extremely long way down and there are no guardrails.
Below are some views of the ruins of Petra from the Crusader fortress.