Photographer's Note

Obelisk tomb at the entrance of Petra. Taken at sunset when the guides with their donkeys try to track the last tourist to avoid the 2 km walk between the Kezneh and the visitor center.

The four obelisks on the top of the front door used to be funeral artefacts for the Nabataean people, one of the nomadic tribes roaming the desert of North Saudi Arabia and South Jordan. Like most buildings in the Petra area, that tomb dates somewhere between VIth century BC and Ist century AD when the Roman could invade the well protected valley.

Petra wealth grew upon the commercial roads which flowed through their territories. They taxed all caravans bringing spices and other goods from the Persic Gulf up to the Mediterranean Sea. There were up to 20,000 inhabitants in that city which was their capital. Most of these buildings are tombs, not temples or palace as we could think.

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Additional Photos by Steven Le Vourc'h (Curioso) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 551 W: 273 N: 1552] (9271)
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