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Petra photos 1998


Jordan facts & history in brief


is an ancient city with houses and temples cut deeply into the rose-red cliffs in south Jordan.
It was an important and prosperous trading centre from the late 400's B.C. to the early A.D. 200's.
For unknown reasons around 235 A.D. Petra suddenly stopped making coins and Palmyra, a city in Syria, took over most of Petra's trade and Petra became a Christian city by 300 A.D.
Captured by the Muslims in the 600's and than it was taken by the Franks during the Crusades, and held it until 1189.
Soon after, the city was abandoned, and it fell into ruin.

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