Petra Cave City

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Image: El Khasne, Petra. By Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900).
Location: Wadi el Araba, 90 km southeast of the Dead Sea. (30°19'22.22"N, 35°26'34.60"E)
Classification:  Karst cave.
Light: electric.
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312 BCbecame Catital of the Nabataean civilization.
106Nabataeans were defeated by the Roman emperor Trajan.
7th ctydestroyed by the Arabs.
1812rediscovered by the Swiss traveller Johann Ludwig Burckhardt.


Petra is an ancient city, carved out of the red sandstone on the eastern slopes of the Wadi el Araba. It was the capital of the Nabataean civilization between 312 BC and 106 AD. At this time the Nabataeans were defeated by the Roman emperor Trajan and the city became unimportant. It was finally destroyed by the Arabs in the 7th century. In Europe it was forgotten until 1812, when the Swiss traveller Johann Ludwig Burckhardt (1784-1817) rediscovered it.

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