The Treasury of Petra
With Hero Traveler & Explorer @kayvanhuisseling
Petra, the great Ancient City that lies half-hidden in the wind-blown landscape in southern Jordan, is one of the world's most treasured Unesco Heritage Sites. Voted as one of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World', it has retained its magnetism even through times of strife in the wider region."
Complete your Petra experience with Petra by Night, this event is a magical way to see part of the rock city by candlelight and explore the old city. Start by walking the entire Siq to the Treasury, lit with over 1,500 candles.
It’s a completely different experience from visiting Petra during the day – there are no horses and carts crossing the Siq, no big tourist groups and no guides giving explanations. Petra by Night guides pretty much only have the duty to lead you to the Treasury and back, considering the relative darkness.
The night walk across the Siq was actually, in our opinion, one of the best things about the whole Petra by Night experience – you’ll be in almost complete silence, with no other sound besides your footsteps.
Once you reach the Treasury, also lit up by a carpet of candles and fairy lights, you’ll be asked to sit down, and then the ‘real’ show begins. First, a musician plays the rababa, an ancient flute-like instrument, and then a Bedouin guide will share with you a story about Petra.
The entire Petra by Night show takes approximately 30 minutes, until it’s time to head back to the visitor centre via the Siq again.