Picturing Jordan

Sharing Jordan with the world — one picture at a time.

The Grandeur of Petra

Petra's "monastery" basking in the golden light just before sunset

Petra's "monastery" basking in the golden light just before sunset

The Nabataeans were a tribe who became filthy rich on the trade of frankincense, myrrh, and spices in the Arabian peninsula around 2,000 years ago. They built Petra as the capital of their flourishing civilization. Hauntingly beautiful stone facades standing one hundred meters tall are amazingly intact and well preserved to this day.

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Sheikh Zayed Mosque: the Pearl of Aqaba

Beautiful mosque by the sea, surrounded by palm trees

Beautiful mosque by the sea, surrounded by palm trees

The best way to describe the Sheikh Zayed mosque would be “the pearl of Aqaba.” There is a lot to love about this picturesque mosque by the Jordanian seaside, but its crown jewel — to continue the analogy — is the impeccable Arabic calligraphy inlaid in its facade. Sadly, Aqaba itself isn't much to write home about.

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