Petra: A Travellers' Guideby Ann Jousiffe, Rosalyn Maqsood
This completely updated and revised third edition includes: detailed maps of walks around the city; comprehensive tours of monuments, tombs and ancient religious sites; practical advice on where to stay and what to take; and a complete account of the city’s Nabatean, biblical and Roman history Petra is a symbol of the hidden treasures of the Near East and one of the world’s most spectacular and popular travel destinations. Its famous rose-red cliffs in which its ancient inhabitants carved lavish funeral monuments were hidden for many centuries, until their rediscovery in 1812. This long desertion means that the ruins are well preserved, and the visitor can now enjoy exploring the many hectares covered by the city. The Nabateans’ remarkable civilization was enriched by their sustained power in commerce and war, and was reflected in their capital. The Romans added to Petra’s glory by building a theatre, an aqueduct and colonnades. With the help of this guidebook, the visitor can relive the wonder Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, the ‘discoverer’ of Petra, must have felt when he looked for the first time on this most famous lost city.
"Petra: A Traveller’s Guide is a comprehensive key to the ancient abode of the Nabateans, one of the lost cities of the ancient world. This handsomely illustrated paperback offers history, help in planning your trip, how to get there from Amman or Aqaba, useful phrases and addresses, and 12 walking tours, plus an overnight itinerary. Also practical advise how to survive: using the non-existent toilet, dealing with insects, going Bedouin, resisting romantic encounters with the natives, and proper behavior and dress."
- Garnet Publishing
- Publication date:
- Edition description:
- 3rd edition
- Product dimensions:
- 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)
Meet the Author
Rosalyn Maqsood has travelled widely through the Holy Land and the Middle East, but has a particular affection for Jordan and its people. She has travelled extensively around Petra as the guest of a generous Bedouin, and so has a detailed knowledge of the area. She is the author of numerous books on Islam and religious studies, and has a particular insight into Jordan’s local history, culture and traditions. As an Englishwoman abroad, her practical tips and advice will be particularly welcome to Western travellers.
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