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Always new joy to be found in ancient ruins

Always new joy to be found in ancient ruins
trefwoorden: JordaniŽ - Petra - 3e eeuw CE
Petra, that Jordanian "rose-red city half as old as time," is a spectacular place where a narrow, dark ravine suddenly opens into a vista of massive temples with Hellenic columns and pediments carved into red sandstone cliffs.
It was the capital of the Nabateans, whose sophisticated trading culture flourished from the first century B.C. to the third century A.D., then vanished.
"It's truly awe-inspiring," said Craig Morris, co-curator of a major exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History, "Petra: Lost City of Stone," which is to open on Saturday. "There are only five or six places this impressive in the world, and Petra is one of the top two."

Lees verder bij: New York Times (15 oktober 2003)