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PHOTO ESSAY: FROM COLONNADED STREET TO TREASURY PETRA

“Wow … I walked 26 kilometers,” Rayner said.

I did not understand why my pedometer was not working so I did not know how far I was walking. But if Rayner walked about 2 kilometers from the hostel then I walked 24 kilometers.

Even though I was exhausted, I was truly happy when I finally arrived at the last steps of the Monastery. We rested before continuing to walk towards the entrance. Rayner pointed to the Basin Restaurant in front of us, the largest restaurant in the national park but now closed due to the fasting month.

We sat on the veranda accompanied by hundreds of flies. We didn’t stay here long because Petra would close at 6 pm. Alternately we went to the toilet located beside the restaurant. This facility is better compared to other toilets in Petra. A local resident who keeps clean gave me a toilet paper roll.

The Basin Restaurant is about 4 kilometers from Petra’s main gate. The main road is better than the others, straight without hills or steep roads like other roads. What’s more, this area was open so Rayner walked in front of me, he went up to several caves. I did not know where he got all the energy from, he was still agile and excited. I stopped where he left me. Every now and then I walk toward the Treasury slowly while waiting for Rayner. Every time he returned, he always reported whether the cave was dirty or the smell of animal dung.

We stopped for a moment after reaching the Treasury. We took the time to admire its beauty. Although the treasure was quiet this morning, this afternoon was calmer. I love the quietness of this historic building while imagining how the Nabateans lived thousands of years ago. Surely this place is prosperous and busy. We met with a Jordanian guide who guided an Indonesian group. Her group only visited the Treasury and had to return to Amman as soon as possible. Too bad they did not see much because Petra isn’t just Treasury.

 

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All buildings in Petra from Treasury, to the smallest and plainest tombs, carved in the rock. Except for The Temple of Dushara or Qasr Al Bint Al Faroun. It sits on the end of the Colonnaded Street around two kilometers from the Treasury.

 

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I saw some of Bedouin men on their camels or donkeys listening to rap music. I read a few blog posts about ‘Pirate of Caribbean’ like men who offering their camels or donkeys to ride. Maybe because the day was almost over they just rode. They did not bother with us. One of the things that I had a great time was no hustle from the vendors, peddlers or rider of buggies or camels or donkey offered their goods or services.

 

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The Colonnaded Street represents an original Nabataean design as one of the principal shopping streets of ancient Petra.

 

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The main tripartite gate lead to the Temple of Qasr Al-Bint.

 

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Great Temple – It is unclear whether it is the complex of temple or administrative building (Senate Hall??).

 

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The Street of Facades.

 

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The street lies past the Treasury.

 

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There are a numerous number of Nabatean burial on both sides of the street that destroyed by nature.

 

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Nabataean Theater carved out of solid rock had a capacity of around 8,000 people.

 

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All decorated facades are burial sites and places to honor the dead. While the caves where people live. Ironic when a beautiful place intended for people who die while living people live in holes in the hill.

 

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Almost closing time in Petra. This morning we just lingered for a few minutes. This time we took a long time here for more photos and a good look at the Treasury. There were only a few buggies, camels and donkeys waiting for the next customers.

 

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I took this photo in the morning. I did not realize until later that the way back to the entrance was going up. I walked slowly and drag my legs along the way. Rayner and Jordanian guide walked in front of me. Once a while both of them looked back and waved at me. I just waved back and asked them to just go ahead. Finally, I came back to where I started, which was at the gate of Petra. We reached the entrance gate after 6 pm.

 

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Job well done. Rayner and I had dinner at the restaurant close to the Petra gate. We had a great day and I met an awesome friend.

 

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