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One of the benefits of working and living in Cyprus is that the island sits at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. A short 50 minute flight took me to Jordan for a five-day visit to Amman, the Dead Sea, the ancient city of Jerash and the extraordinary "lost" city of Petra.
Jerash is reputed to be the city where Christ turned water into wine. And Petra is the remains of a magnificent large city carved out of soft, pink mountain rock. The only way to get to the ruins of Petra is to walk about a half mile (or be pulled in a donkey carriage) along a long, winding and narrow cavern called the Siq. The cavern walls rise to about 250 feet on both sides. The reward, though, is finding the famous Treasury of Petra at the end of the Siq. The Treasury, a remarkable carved building is the site of a climactic scene in an Indiana Jones movie, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade." Both Jerash and Petra have hundreds of archaeological sites within their purview and these images represent but a tiny fraction of the total. Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image or use the directory at the bottom of the page.