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Top 10 Israel, Sinai, and Petra by DK Publishing

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Petra – the Siq

The Siq affords the most dramatic entrance into Petra. This deep narrow gorge, all but shutting out sunlight, twists almost imperceptibly downward until it abruptly opens into a bright square where the Treasury stands in all its glory. Since ancient times, the Siq has led traders and travelers into the heart of the Nabataean world. Modern-day explorers start at the village of Wadi Musa, from where the way leads half a mile through a valley flanked by sandstone hills known as Bab el-Siq – “Gateway to the Gorge.” In the Siq itself, the walls are carved with votive niches, a prelude to the abundance of tombs and sculptures fashioned out of the rock face by the Nabataeans all over their hidden city.28 Wadi Musa, Jordan • 00962 321 ...

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