Ever since I saw Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, with Sean Connery and Harrison Ford galloping off into the sunset, I was yelling at the tv and saying “ I want to go there!”  It’s called the Treasury in Petra, and it has been on my bucket list since then.

Declared a World Heritage Site in 1985, Petra was the capital of the Nabataean empire of King Aretas IV, and likely existed in its prime from the 4th century until 106 A.D. when they lost their independence and the Romans conquered them.  The Nabataeans were nomadic Arabs that moved their herds from place to place in search of food and water.  They settled in Petra, a beautiful area of sandstone mountains.

Petra caves

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