Petra's Structures

Petra, from the Greek word "rock" is known to others as red rock based on the red color of the mineral content in the area. The site is massive, to say the least, it takes you through a cannon and you are then let out into areas such as the treasury above. There is clear evidence of many cultural influences including Egyptian, Greek, and Assyrian designs, until its conquest by Trajan in the 2nd century, and a clear Roman influence is achieved. While I was impressed by the condition of the finds, there are alot of animals, including camels and donkeys, making a mess everywhere you stand. And the tombs have become bathrooms to not only them, but humans as well. While there are trash receptacles available, it appears that tombs and interior surfaces are better suited today for a trash dump rather than a place to take photos or to enjoy its original intent.


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