Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Petra The Golden City

What Ho

Here we are in Petra Jordan it is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataeans, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome

Me & Himself.......

Petra is now one of The New Seven Wonders of the World.
In the memorable finale of Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade,
the two Dr Joneses arrive at the "Canyon of the Crescent Moon"
and find the ancient temple that housed the Holy Grail.

To get to the city you have to negotiate a long and winding cavern  which gave the city the ultimate protection and which is why  

In October, 1917, Lawrence of Arabia as part of a general effort to divert Turkish military resources away from the British invasion of North Africa, led a small force of Syrians and Arabians in defending Petra against a much larger combined force of Turks and Germans. See full size image
                                        The Bedouin women living in the vicinity of Petra and under the leadership of Sheik Khallil's wife, were recruited to fight in the defense of the city, and were able to completely decimate the Turkish/German forces.

A very long cool / hot amazing day well worth every step..
Toodle Pip.

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