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Petra

This spectacular Nabataean city was hewn out of red-rock mountains and sandstone gorges. One of the most atmospheric ancient sites in the world, the carved tombs and temples have sparked travelers’ imaginations since their rediscovery in 1812. Built between the 3rd century BC and the 1st century AD, Petra became the capital of a vast trading empire. The Romans annexed the metropolis in AD 106, later the Byzantines later built churches here, and even the Crusaders passed through. Known as the “rose-red city,” the hills and valleys are patterned with swirls of colored stone that reflect attractively onto the monumental facades. Hiking here is ...

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