Behind the curvy rocks of the Siq we catch a dramatic, stop-you-in-your-tracks glimpse of Petra’s Treasury, Al-Khazneh. Jordan’s most famous site was, by the 2nd century BC, the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom and an important mercantile center for traders in camel-laden caravans bringing silks and spices from as far away as China. The Nabataeans grew wealthy imposing a sales tax on transactions.
Petra still serves thousands of visitors daily, arriving from caravans of buses. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Petra is often listed as one of the top places to see before you die.
Stripes and swirls of yellow, gold, white, pink and purple layers of sandstone provide natural adornment of the city.
Wild oleander grew everywhere providing a sense of abundance to the site. Petra's amphitheater is in the background.