Jordan facts & history in
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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