The Siq : Petra, Jordan


If there is any ONE place that I recommend you MUST travel to in your lifetime, it is PETRA.
A while back I saw a picture of The Siq in Petra, Jordan opening into this ancient carved cliffside known as The Treasury, and I instantaneously said to myself I had to go. A year later I was staring up at a scene from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade... Did you think I was kidding when I said I was basically becoming the new Indiana? (Petra was in the film which I didn't know at the time.) 

To get to The Treasury, you must first pass the Siq, an event in itself and one that I recommend walking on foot. The Siq, a dim and narrow gorge (approx. 600 ft high and only 10 ft wide at some points) winds its way through a mile of carved niches and ruins left by the Nabateans. This was the grand entrance to the old city of Petra and even today, horse chariots whiz by over the same cobblestone streets that are believed to have been in use over 2500 years ago.. Amazing!

Then all of a sudden, there's a crack in the gorge that reveals a sliver of the Treasury. The feeling you get once finally there is beyond description but I will compare it to being a lot like the very dramatic music used for the Romeo & Juliet soundtrack. No one knows for sure what the Treasury was ever used for – a tomb? a palace? a temple? The mystery remains as do the bullet holes (see pic below) as proof that throughout history it was thought to house real treasure though none was ever found. I still find it astonishing how entire buildings were carved so ornately BY HAND, into mountain sides. It's just unreal, you must see it for yourselves. 

Travel Tip: Get up at dawn and head over to the The Siq and The Treasury before the crowds and tour groups arrive. It's so worth it having the place all to yourself.


No Climbing.. HA, Yeah right!!.. Up I went.

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37 comments:

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Amanda Nicole said...

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Oh my, the pictures of the carved temple through the rock are simply unbelievable, i can't stop thinking them!

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Lilli said...

Amazing place, gorgeous photos too! xoxo

Marina said...

WOOOOOW THAT is totally kicking me from chair...wonderful
location. Want to go there!!! Thanks for these beautiful pictures.

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Psycho Cat said...

Omg, this is so amazing, it left me speachless :O

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Cynthia said...

I must plan a trip out there.

Tiffany said...

my sister's been to Petra before -- ever since I saw her pics I've been wanting to go!!
amazing photos & blog. Travelling is my biggest passion too - can't wait until I can do it more often..

Kelly said...

These photos are absolutely amazing. I love that first one, through the crack. Beautiful!

Bruleegirl said...

Beautiful Pics! This makes me think of Indiana Jones like you said. The camel is super adorable.

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Daisy said...

this is so cool. i love your blog and can't wait to check out more of where you have traveled!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

GORGEOUS pics! I definitely want to visit the Petra. Love the scarf!!!

The Jones said...

This is DEFINITELY on the top of my list...studied history/archaeology and am fanatically addicted to both...so Petra's a must-visit. GORGEOUS photo, thanks for the inspire!

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Diva Naomi Addy said...

OH MY GOSH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I looove all the pictures!!!!!!

Rachael said...

Wow you have amazing pics! I'm so glad I saw these on Jordan too...I'm heading there in 6 weeks :). Gorgeous pics all around!

Nici said...

Oh wow! Looks so great there! Want to be there, right now!
Really nice pictures!

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Lovealwaysthree said...

love all pictures :) kisses

GlobeTrotter said...

I spent several days walking & trekking in Petra. I also went during the evening. I must say that Petra By Night is amazing. Were you able to go on that tour? They only offer it on certain days of week. It's a completely diverse experience whereas one sees Petra in the dark yet it's lit with thousands of candles. It was amazing!

Did you make it to The Monastery, Petra's largest monument? It's an arduous effort to reach it, therefore most tourists don't even bother going. It's about 1½ hour walk (mainly climbing) to reach it. The "High Place of Sacrifice" is also fantastic. I didn't use a donkey to arrive at these 2 places. Most of the very few travellers who go there cheat & let these poor animals do the treacherous hike. I, on the other hand, did it on my own. It's worth every breath you take while climbing up.

Al-Beidha, which is about 5 miles from Petra, is well worth visiting as well.

You have lovely photos. I'm sure we'd all appreciate if you post some more. It'd be pleasant to see & read additional sights you visited in Wadi Musa :)

Lorena said...

@ Globe Trotter - Thank you for such a wonderful comment! I appreciate so much, the time and though that goes into writing it :-)

Yes, I definitely did make it to the Monastery and is part of my next post! I went half up on donkey and the rest of the way by foot. I learned from the previous day that I was not fit enough to make it all the way up on my own, lol.. But I made sure the donkeys were well cared for and not overworked while I was with them, they're so cute.

Petra was so magnificent that I couldn't possibly fit it all in one post without overloading on the pictures and information so I'm dividing it into 3 parts.. Second will be tonight.

After I finish posting about Petra I'll move on to Wadi Rum... that was a truly magnificent place also.

Again thank you for your kind words @ Globe Trotter!

And than you to everyone else for their comments..

xo!

Anca said...

Hey! I couldn`t be happier you stopped by my blog! I love to travel and have been doing it as much as I can! I admire you so much for taking the time to travel I think that`s something you`ll look back on for the rest of your life! I took a euro trip when I was 19 and my life has NEVER been the same after that...I absolutely LOVE your blog, I am so so so excited to look through it and discover the world through your pictures and maybe they will inspire and motivate me to one day go!!

Thank you so much for sharing your awesome experience!!!!

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Anca

dian ajeng maharani said...

amazing place! wonderful photos! cant wait for the next post! xoxo

The Marcy Stop said...

Wow. I have always wanted to go there ever since I saw Indiana Jones - it's one of my fave movies. Beautiful photos..
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Fashion Blends said...

Like you I love to travel!!! Have not been to Petra yet, but would defi like to. Fantastic pictures - wow!!! Keep posting!! http://fashionblends.blogspot.com

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