We left Petra about 2:00 and stopped at Shoubak Castle (officially Montreal Castle), a Crusader fortress which was have stopped to view before but never been in. We then continued on the long drive north to Amman, the capital of Jordan.
As a warm-up for our visit to Petra, first view this video of me and Elaine riding camels in front of the famous treasury!
No quick summation of the history of Petra here can suffice. Instead see the Wikipedia article on Petra and my earlier blog posts on the pages for the the Fall 2011 trip and the Winter 2012 trip. Yousef guided us down the approach to Petra, through the Siq (the famous "crescent canyon") that enters the main part of Petra, and at the Treasury, where we had group pictures and camel rides.
|Map of Petra. Wikimedia Commons.|
|One of the early tombs on the main approach to Petra|
The Siq, the entrance to Petra
|At the mouth of the Siq|
|At the bottom of the Siq, just as we were approaching the Treasury|
Khazneh al-Firaun or the Treasury (so-called, it was actually a royal tomb)
|The Treasury with my sweetheart . . .|
|. . . and then with all my kids!|
|Holding hands . . . this was, after all, supposed to be a romantic getaway|
Other scenes in Petra
|Layout of the Grand Temple|
|Grand Temple from above|
|And with Eric showing off|
|A small theater was built inside the temple itself . . .|
|Elaine liked this elephant-head capital. I have never seen one like it before, seemed like Indian influence|
Ad-Deir or "The Monastery" . . . at the TOP of a long, hot hike!
|The beginning of the hike, looking up|
|This is what lay at the top, a rock-cut tomb much bigger than the more famous Treasury but a lot harder to get to!|
|Yes, it is big!!!|
|This is what we came up, looking down, and it was the hike back that lay ahead of us!|
|A cliff side full of royal tombs|
|Elaine and a Bedouin girl|
|Dirty feet: the result of a long day of hiking through Petra dust|
The Crusaders were in the Holy Land, which included much of Jordan for about a 100 years. They then lingered on the coast of Palestine, especially in and around Acre (modern Acco) for another century. Because these Latin Christians from Europe formed a very small minority compared to the local Arabs and indigenous Christians (mostly Orthodox) over whom they ruled, and because they were under constant pressure from surrounding Muslim states, they built a series of strong castles throughout the Holy Land. Shoubak is a fine example of one of these.
|Looking down at our bus below through an arrow slit|
|With Burbidge Bey at the top of Shoubak|
Finally, a message for L'Angel
Sometimes on our classmates needs to leave the program early. This semester L'Angel Seabrook went home shortly after we returned from Turkey. Whenever we get on the bus, we always countoff to make sure that everyone is on. This video clip was our message to our friend . . . "32" was her number: