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Sergey Dolya • 5 minutes read • March 22nd, 2016

Theoretically it is possible to cut the stone, as the builders of the Egyptian pyramids or 

Petra city had to do, and this was done through the 

help of the plasmatron. However, its temperature during operation is about 30,000 degrees Celsius. 

Petra city Jordan is a true phenomena on par with the pyramids of Egypt. The city of Petra is

 carved completely out of the rocks and clay.

The mountain range where Petra was found in the early 19th century:

There are hotels near the ancient city, for the convenience of tourists:

It's impossible to get to Petra by car, visitors must either walk or take cart-drawn horse. Pedestrians and animals are divided on both sides of the road, so as not to interfere with each other.

In the background you can see first huge stones. Recently, German scientists tried to reproduce something similar, using all the available modern technology, but they unsuccessful:

Tombs for the rich:

A narrow gorge leads to Petra, the walk takes about an hour:

On the left wall you can see a groove which is part of the city's water supply system. This 'water-bearing vessel' stretches throughout the gorge, previously supplying the city with water:


Gypsies pretending to be the Bedouins try to cheat foreigners for money, but they are not aggressive:

Road to Petra:

This part of the wall was part of the entrance to some kind of room, perhaps a temple or tomb. In the center of the frame you can see the outlines of the legs, and slightly to the left, camel paws. There once was an earthquake in Petra and part of the mountain collapsed, closing the entrance. Now there is only a staircase that leads to nowhere. It is impossible to get inside:

The main attraction of Petra - the Treasury temple. A familiar sight that is well-known for its appearance in Indiana Jones, which led to an influx of tourists to Jordan. The Treasury's facade is 127 feet hight (39 meters): 

Souvenir shop. Wi-fi, of course, does not work:

Treasury is only the beginning. Ahead is a huge area of 3 kilometers which needs a couple of days to be examined. At the same time today the scientists have studied only 15 percent of the total area of the ancient city:

Despite the grandeur of the facade, the rooms themselves are small and tight:

Visitors can watch the process of the way their souvenirs are created:

With the right skills, one camel can be drawn in 30 seconds:

Camels for hire:

The amphitheater. Some people believe that it acted as a classroom for ancient architects and it provides an excellent view of all the buildings:

Here is a local trying to sell alleged relics found during excavation of the city to unsuspecting tourists:

Modern guards of the ancient city:
Author: Sergeydolya
Translated by: Gian Luka

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