Whether you saw it in Indiana Jones: The Last Crusade, guide books, history books, or any other kind of feature, the city of Petra in Jordan is surely a place that is always introduced as a place having so many ancient treasures.

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The BBC once included it in its list of “40 Places Before You Die,” so visiting this historical and archaeological city will certainly make your trip a special one. Sure, many visitors have said that there have been changes throughout the years, but it still remains undeniably beautiful.

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These are the places, unique features, and landmarks that you must not miss when you visit Petra, Jordan.

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The Monastery

This monastery in Petra is one of the things that you must not miss when visiting the city. It’s been around since as early as the 1st century AD, and it still proudly stands today. To climb up the stairs, you can either walk or ride donkeys (although many have said that walking is way better).

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The Siq

Entering Petra, you will be welcomed by this amazing sandstone canyon. The narrow gorge will take you to the Al Khazneh or The Treasury. The Petra Siq has impressive carvings and sandstone patterns that are unique to the country. There is certainly nothing quite like this!

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The Treasury

Bring all the gadgets that you packed with you, you’d want to document every single spot of this ancient building. It’s been said that the Treasury in Petra was one of the most elaborate structures in the city (which was predominantly influenced by Greek architecture), so this is definitely a tourist favorite.

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The Roman Theatre

This ancient theatre built by the Nabateans (the ancient inhabitants of southern Jordan) can seat up to 7,000 people. Though events are still held there, this huge place is already an attraction in itself.

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The Royal Tombs

Do more climbing by exploring the Royal Tombs. It hasn’t been actually clear who is buried here, but since it’s relatively bigger and grander than other tombs of Petra, it was referred to as such. Here, you’ll see the Urn Tomb, the Silk Tomb, chambers and courtyards, and you’ll also get to have a great view of the city.

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The Brooke Hospital for Animals

When in Petra, you will be surrounded by lots of camels, donkeys, and horses. Sadly, many of them are mistreated. Here, you’ll be able to learn more about the handling of these working animals, and what you can do to help.


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