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message 1: by Nathan "N.R.", Bottom (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 194 comments The passage here on Petra is quite nice. Anyone wanna post some pics?

message 2: by ReemK10 (Paper Pills) (last edited Oct 21, 2016 03:15PM) (new)

ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 62 comments Nathan "N.R." wrote: "The passage here on Petra is quite nice. Anyone wanna post some pics?"

Happy to oblige Mr. Gaddis

Petra (Arabic: البتراء, Al-Batrāʾ; Ancient Greek: Πέτρα), originally known to the Nabataeans as Raqmu, is a historical and archaeological city in southern Jordan. The city is famous for its rock-cut architecture and water conduit system. Another name for Petra is the Rose City due to the color of the stone out of which it is carved.

Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the Arab Nabataeans,[3] it is a symbol of Jordan, as well as Jordan's most-visited tourist attraction.[4] The Nabateans were nomadic Arabs who benefited from the proximity of Petra to the regional trade routes, in becoming a major trading hub, thus enabling them to gather wealth. The Nabateans are also known for their great ability in constructing efficient water collecting methods in the barren deserts and their talent in carving structures into solid rocks.[5] It lies on the slope of Jebel al-Madhbah (identified by some as the biblical Mount Hor[6]) in a basin among the mountains which form the eastern flank of Arabah (Wadi Araba), the large valley running from the Dead Sea to the Gulf of Aqaba. Petra has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985.

The site remained unknown to the western world until 1812, when it was introduced by Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. It was described as "a rose-red city half as old as time" in a Newdigate Prize-winning poem by John William Burgon. UNESCO has described it as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage".[7] Petra was named amongst the New7Wonders of the World in 2007 and was also chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die".

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message 3: by Nathan "N.R.", Bottom (new)

Nathan "N.R." Gaddis (nathannrgaddis) | 194 comments and was also chosen by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the "28 Places to See Before You Die".

I guess I've got at least 1 of 28!

ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 62 comments I have 3 out of 28: Pyramids at Giza, the Taj Mahal, the Louvre.

ReemK10 (Paper Pills) | 62 comments Page BD50/ ZT47 I read -Pity Mohammed had not seen Petra.

Unfortunately there exists a multi-million dollar Islamophobia industry that has set up pages and pages of fake Islamic sites, so it is extremely difficult to find an authentic credible site. I did come across this

Petra: Could it be Al Hijr as mentioned in the Holy Quran? – The Muslim Times

message 6: by Joshua (new)

Joshua | 26 comments BD50/ZT47

I always like coming across the little poetic gems Schmidt leaves behind, whether original or borrowed.

In this passage we find the rather nice:

"As here, so also there a bird is slain"

Not quite sure the source, but the discussion that ensues ties in Isaiah 34,5 and bits about a cormorant and a bittern (both birds).

My 4e New Oxford Annotated oddly has "the hawk and the hedgehog shall possess it." A hedgehog is no bird!

message 7: by Joshua (new)

Joshua | 26 comments Sounds like something out of a John Shade poem.

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