Petra, the Ancient City of the Nabateans

Walking through the 1,2 km long narrow Siq with its 600 feet high vertical walls to the major sites of Petra is already an experience of its own. The former sacred way into Petra is spotted with niches for Gods. A sophisticated water system can be seen all along the way.

This mysterious rock ( Djinn block) stands guard in front of the entrace to the Siq.
The Siq was created once by tectonic forces which tore apart a single huge rock. On the left side you can see the carved out channel of the water way.
Part of a statue of an Nabatean trader with his camel.

The carved out tomb for the Nabatean king Aretas III (100 BC) with its Hellenistic facade is a masterpiece of craftsmanship.

There are about 500 registerd tombs in Petra. 2 major earthquakes (4th and 6th century) destroyed the city of Petra. Bedouine tribes used the site for centuries and could keep it a secret until the beginning of the 19th century.
The Romans also left their footprints in the city by building many public buildings.

This typical Bedouine music instrument is the forerunner of the violine.

Theater carved out of the red lime stone seating 3000 people.

Many Bedouines live from offering camel and donkey rides. I decided to walk the path to the monastery. My left side of the body was still hurting from the fall the day before and also I lost trust in the camel.

Path up to the monastery

High up in the cliffs stands the monumental tomb called Monastery. The crosses inside are indicators that it was once used as a Byzantine church.

From the highest point one could see into Palestinien and Israel territory.

Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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