Ancient Mediterranean

Nabataean

Petra was the greatest city of the Nabataeans, a people who occupied the area from Sinai to northern Arabia.

c. 400 B.C.E. - 106 C.E.

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Petra: The rose red city of the Nabataeans
Petra: The rose red city of the Nabataeans

The ancient Nabateans cut Petra, their monumental city, from cliffs of rose red stone.

Petra: UNESCO Siq Project
Petra: UNESCO Siq Project

The Siq, Petra’s canyon entrance, is cracking. The cliffs threaten to fall, and scientists race to find a solution.

Petra: urban metropolis
Petra: urban metropolis

These structures could only have been made in Petra, where Greek and eastern traditions were combined.

Petra: rock-cut façades
Petra: rock-cut façades

More than tombs? Scholars once thought Petra was only a large necropolis, but archaeology shows it was much more.

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