Bab es-Sik at Petra
The Nabataeans were an ancient people whose original homeland lay in northeastern Arabia. They migrated westward in the 6th century BC, settling eventually in the mountain fortress of Petra. In 847 BC, when the Nabataeans were still living in Arabia in the area of Medain Saleh, they were mentioned as enemies of Assur. The Nabataeans appear to have been a rather turbulent but highly talented people, who were originally employed in plundering but later became more artistically inclined. In Medain Saleh they had already begun carving out rock tombs with sculptured facades, an art for which they would become renowned at Petra.
According to ancient writers, the Nabataeans were the only people in the Near East to be ruled by a democratic monarchy. The Nabataeans drove the Edomites out of Jordan at the time when the Persians had taken the lead as a world power, and Petra probably became the capital of their kingdom in the 4th century BC. Aside from this, little is known of the Nabateans' history before 312 BC, when they were unsuccessfully attacked in Petra by the Seleucid king Demetrius I Poliorcetes (one of Alexander the Great's generals).
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lousat (94684) 2009-02-06 6:38
Hi Achim,surely one of the most and interstings archeologicals sites in the world! I remember my trip there,an incredible and wonderful experience,thanks to remond me whit this georgeous pic,details and colors at the top,have a nice day,Luciano
snunney (103207) 2009-02-06 6:43
A great capture of this fascinating ancient monument. The warm tones of the carved out rocks make a splendid contrast with the blue sky. Colours and clarity are superb, enabling us to appreciate the least detail.
tedesse (25135) 2009-02-06 6:57
Interesting ancient monument. Good POV and very good capture. Original colors.
bracasha75 (24589) 2009-02-06 7:00
Ich habe diesen dinge nur so oberflachlih gesehen und wuste nicht das das da so schon und komplet ist
Ein merkwurdige architekture ,aber trostztem sehr schon
cfreire (11741) 2009-02-06 7:13
Excellent capture about this impressive ancient monument. The textures of stones are well defineded with good resolution. Colors and contrasts are beautiful, and your note is very informative. Good job! Best regards, Consuelo
gilou530 (34) 2009-02-06 7:26
voila un pays fabuleux par son histoire et les sites qui en font un endroit touristique, une photo avec une luminosité superbe pour mettre en valeur ce lieu mysthique, beau travail
Cricri (122473) 2009-02-06 8:10
Belle image et note de ce monument antique, intéressant détails sous une trés belle lumiére
wolf38 (31296) 2009-02-06 9:02
Hallo Achim. Die von Petra publizierten Bilder auf TE sind mehr oder weniger gut. Vielefach sieht man ähnliche und bereits bekannte Perspektiven. Dein Photo zeigt ein mir unbekanntes Objekt. Du hast es vorbildlich abgelichtet und beschrieben. viele Grüße, Wolfgang.
ymrk (15085) 2009-02-06 9:42
I like this shadow in here...Very fine light balances,and interesting natural architecture.
Have a nice days,take care!
Gerrit (52099) 2009-02-06 9:43
a wonderful place and amazing achievement.
You;ve shown it in fantastic sunlight.
dabeed (568) 2009-02-06 9:55
wonderful place. thanks for sharing. interesting note.
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2009-02-06 10:03
Wonderful view, beautiful colors and POV.
Thanks for sharing, have a nice weekend.
Didi (60590) 2009-02-06 16:00
Hello Mr President
Interesting picture, I appreciate the balance with the shades in spite of the hard lights.
ChrisJ (116674) 2009-02-06 16:47
An interesting archeological site, well depicted here. Wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the red rock & blue sky, with superb sharpness. Tfs!
siolaw (38292) 2009-02-07 0:10
A great site, and you present this monument well, under optimal light, which gave saturated colors. Sharp and clear picture.
mzmehr (918) 2009-02-07 0:19
nice site, I wish I visit there. thankss for sharing and good note.
thnaks for sharing
jhm (156458) 2009-02-07 1:06
A great capture of this fascinating ancient monument
Wonderful warm cold colour contrasts between the red rock and blue sky, with superb sharpness.
Composition and presentation are superb. TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
Photo65Net (43120) 2009-02-07 1:13
Superb architecture, and I like the way you enhanced its size and details.
Have a nice day,
feather (51130) 2009-02-07 4:02
It is an amazing piece of ancient architecture and captured from a slightly different POV from what we usually see. Very well managed light in harsh conditions.
Budapestman (82620) 2009-02-07 5:31
Fantastic place. The photo composed nicely, the lights were superb, really imposing and particular sight. Thank you for sharing. Have a nice weekend!
saylan-cb (12738) 2009-02-07 9:41
This is a very beautiful capture of this old monument.The light is great and composed here.I like the POV.
Have a nice weekend,
jlbrthnn (76039) 2009-02-08 4:05
I read with a great interest, this summary impassioning of the existence of the Nabataeans. Their achievements are spectacular, one can wonder about the quantity of men and tools which should have been used to build these carved palates and residences. Excellent image to illustrate and convince. Beautiful and useful work.
Have a nice sunday
belido (19934) 2009-02-08 5:36
woow! I'm amazed by the work on the rock of the ancients. This is pure history, the must seen place. Very interesting indeed. The photo is good, details are suberb and there is a nice tangential light that creates an effective highlight/shadows on the theme. Well done!
paololg (31448) 2009-02-08 7:39
beautiful photo of one of the most suggestive places of the world. The management of the light and the shades is perfect as the pleasant saturation of the colors and the sharpness. You have done really an excellent composition, compliments!
Ciao, have a nice week!
Emile (20352) 2009-02-08 15:33
Very interesting ancient monument captured from a very good POV, good management of lights and shadows, great sharpness and colors.
Thank you for your note about Petra.
Have a nice week ahead.
carper (96) 2009-02-09 3:31
very nice photo Achim,
well taken shot, good contrast, fine colors, very good photo job thanks for sharing.
papagolf21 (105240) 2009-02-09 4:20
Bonjour, cher ami Achim,
Ah ! non, je ne pouvais pas passer à côté de cette merveille architecturale remontant à l'Antiquité !
La beauté générale est manifeste. Un grand merci pour cette très belle image et pour la note très intéressante.
brevbrev14 (140) 2009-02-09 5:07
Hi Achim, very good natural architecture
a good image
shevchenko (20548) 2009-02-09 21:26
This architecture look like built directly on the rocky mountain with carving and pondering over the rocky surface, good pov and detail to show it, thanks for sharing an interesting local old town.
JCG (35129) 2009-02-10 10:10
Remnants of another era nicely set image here, I love the light giving good relief to the building dug into the rock. Interesting as the note, thank you Achim.
With all my friendships and a very good evening,
vinicio (23423) 2009-02-10 14:06
Very good alternative view of the famous and, really, wonderful place, well done Achim, compliments.
Angshu (56760) 2009-02-11 0:38
A fine capture of these ancient settlements, built on stone. Comparison with Petra is inevitable & it shows as a more refined work by the same people. A fascinating post from a little known place & a fine note to boot.
didemay (2945) 2009-02-11 1:14
One of the places that photographers should go and freeze the moment. A wonderful POV, perfect light, splendid compo.
barrufeto_77 (28886) 2009-02-11 15:29
Maybe a classical view I suppose but impressive for me. How the people could do that things is amazing!
Excellent colours too!
bakes888 (18499) 2009-02-15 23:02
Hi Achim. They must have had a lot of time on their hands to carve such decorations on their dwellings. Great photo, good colours and excellent sharpness and details. Thanks for sharing.
Have a good week, Paul.
pierrefonds (68855) 2009-02-20 4:38
The point of view is allowing us to see the details and colors of the fortress in the mountain. The subject is well frame. The picture is clear and precise. The quality of the light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
mikeo (12129) 2009-02-23 3:10
This is one of places in the world which fascinates me a lot, so thanks a lot for another upload from this country.
It looks so very interesting and thanks to the lovely blue sky and great light this place shows all its beauty.
All the best,
Jakab (3867) 2009-02-23 14:21
die Frage ist nur, ob mir die Beschreibung oder das Bild mehr gibt. Beide sind hervorragend, insgesamt ein wervolles Stück der TE. (Oh ja, ich muss noch die gut ausgewogene Expsition erwähnen.)
kordinator (21293) 2010-09-21 8:45
Am impressive place and amazing achievement.
Perfect light managment.
Nice play of shadows and ligh.
Thanks for sharing interesting note.
Great composition and presentation.
serp2000 (45046) 2015-02-20 6:01
And I was there in 2008, I can say this place is not been change with the years ;) Thanks for memories, as known Petra is one of the World Wonders. Excellent report from this famous place.
- Copyright: Achim Fried (John_F_Kennedy) (43757)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-05-18
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 350 D, Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/3.5-4
- Exposure: f/11, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: 2006/05 Liban, Syria, Jordan
- Date Submitted: 2009-02-06 6:22
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