Petra hailed as 'must-see' site

24th Oct 2012

An award-winning travel journalist has spoken about her visit to the ancient historical city of Petra, in modern day Jordan.

Frances Linzee Gordon called the archaeological city "one of the must-see ancient monuments of the Middle East - and the world for that matter".

Petra was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985, and was selected by the Smithsonian Institute's in-house magazine as one of "28 places to see before you die".

While Europe has a vast range of historical sites, from Rome's Coliseum to the Acropolis in Athens, Linzee Gordon said that Petra had certain distinctive features that were not seen elsewhere.

"Few places have the scale, the state of preservation and above all the spectacular setting of Petra," she added.

Visitors to Petra must walk through a kilometre-long canyon before arriving at the Treasury, one of the world's most famous ancient landmarks, and are encouraged to arrive early as the midday heat is stifling.

Tourism is a vital part of Jordan's economy, with visitors flocking to other attractions including the Wadi Rum valley and the Roman ruins at Umm Qais.

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