Petra, Jordan’s Ancient Rock-Cut Capital

Petra Jordan

This impressive 312-BC, cut-from-the-rock creation remained hidden from the Western world until 1812, when a Swiss explorer introduced the ancient city in stone to the world. Described by prize-winning poet John William Burgon as a “rose-red city half as old as time,” Smithsonian Magazine has rightly included Petra as one of the 28 places you need to see before you die.

Savannah Cox
Savannah Cox is the Managing Editor of All That Is Interesting. She holds a Master's Degree in International Relations, and works as a reporter/producer for DNAinfo, as well as a graduate researcher at The New School.
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