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Petra: Jordan's Extraordinary Ancient City

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The ruins of Petra, in today's Jordan, constitute one of the most extraordinary and fascinating monumental complexes of the ancient world for the outstanding quality of the architecture and for the city's remarkable position, set amidst rugged hills and narrow gorges. The color of the rock from which the buildings were hewn adds further charm to the whole.

The ancient Nabatean capital is without doubt one of the marvels of the world, a place that will captivate even the most ...

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The ruins of Petra, in today's Jordan, constitute one of the most extraordinary and fascinating monumental complexes of the ancient world for the outstanding quality of the architecture and for the city's remarkable position, set amidst rugged hills and narrow gorges. The color of the rock from which the buildings were hewn adds further charm to the whole.

The ancient Nabatean capital is without doubt one of the marvels of the world, a place that will captivate even the most hardened traveler. Full of practical information, splendid photographs, and dozens of plans and reconstruction drawings, this guidebook will serve as a precious aid to those preparing to visit this fascinating and vast archaeological site. From the fantastic Khasneh to the gigantic Deir, from the spectacular Urn Tomb to the mysterious Temple of the Winged Lions, every monument is described in detail and examined in relation to the complex historical and artistic events of the Rose-red City, the evolution of which is analyzed at length in the introductory chapter. Petra is not unique for its architecture alone. Here, Mother Nature has achieved one of her most original creations, defying her very own rules, laid down at the beginning of time - improbable geometry, unbelievable colors, contrasts that would by unthinkable elsewhere. The illustrations in this book pay tribute to this splendor and make it a work of rare emotional impact.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780760756195
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/10/2004
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2001

    Stunning Photography

    A fabulous review of the origins of Petra as a bustling center of trade to the current residing place of bedouins. It also acts as a detailed guidebook for the prospective traveler. In fact, friends who have been there claim that they did not see much of what is photographed in the book. Buy it if you plan on visiting and if you already have, buy it to reminisce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2000

    Now I want to visit there worst than ever.

    Photography outstanding. Covers everything from the history of Petra to getting the most out of a modern day visit.

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