Depart Tel Aviv crossing at the Allenby Bridge Border into Petra, we stop along the way at Mount Nebo. It was from here Moses viewed the Promised Land before his death.
DAY 12 – PETRA
Out of the Jordan Valley, green and lush into Lawrence of Arabia country, past goats and sheep, we descend twisting and turning into the valley of the Wadi Mousa, winding our way through the narrow cleft in the mountain, its walls towering high overhead, and soon walking in shadow. Petra has something almost supernatural, a city of the dead . These people believed in the afterlife more than life itself. That’s why they spent so much time building their tombs. Dates range for the Treasury, from the first century B.C.to the B.C.to the second century A.D.
Through the Valley of Moses in a hidden away narrow canyon known as the “siq”, our visit to the remains of past civilizations is powerful. Long ago worshippers climbed up to the high places of sacrifice. The Royal Tombs have been carved into the rock face, known as the King’s Wall. The Palace Tomb was built in imitation of a Roman palace from the 6th century B.C. The remains stagger the imagination, and evoke wonder and admiration for the minds and wills of the people who could conceive and bring into being such great and beautiful B.C.to the second century A.D.monuments.