Then the Romans were there, and then long, except a few earthquakes, no one over. Lately, Steven Spielberg and Harrison Ford made thirty seconds of their movie "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," with many nasty Nazis and a nasty act of searching for the Holy Grail, and since then Petra has been the main source of income for the Jordanian state budget ( as of November, a mere 50 euros will be lost on the day ticket).
It was recently voted one of the Seven New Wonders of the World, and accordingly, a powerful tourist crowd is being spat out daily at the gates of Petra. Italians, French, Germans, Americans, Japanese and Chinese, from all over the world they get out of their chilly coaches.
But despite the chattering crowds and the shabby commerce (a horse is included in the ticket, but without a beak, no horse is swinging its hooves), Petra remains one of the most fascinating places on earth. Hidden in red, wildly shaped rocky mountains, you pass through a narrow canyon ("sik") for over a kilometer that has always been the gateway to this mysterious place.
Until then, and for that moment, every Indiana Jones fan knows how to open the gorge to a large rock-clad place, and I can see the ingenious façade of the "Treasury" looming in the middle of the vertical rock wall in front of me. A truly sublime sight. The other two million tourists like it too.
However, Petra is much more than that, I spend three days there, there is a theater carved out of the rock, temples destroyed by earthquakes and countless tombs. I climb off the main roads (suddenly all alone) through the colorfully marbled rocks and enjoy the panoramas of this barren area.
And I'm allowed to experience "Petra by night" (again 12 Euro): Candles illuminate the way through the Sik to the treasury. It is very romantic. Something is missing, ah, right, the woman, no matter. The Ethno show misses my two cronies and me "unfortunately" and enjoy the silent walk through the gorge ... so almost perfect!