Petra: Ancient City of Trade – Eternal City for Travelers
January 16, 2020
Mention of Petra instantly evokes visions of pink granite buildings carved into rock, as though Roman engineers strayed far from home to create a folly. Buildings of Petra, that amaze visitors, are older than some Roman cities. The population of Petra today is about the same as it was two thousand years ago, when it was the trade center of the Near East. Back then, the population was involved in trade. Today the population is employed in tourism. Today people walk or ride donkeys to where the Sig opens to the iconic pink sandstone Treasury building, just as they did two thousand years ago. The number of caravans coming to Petra at the time of Christ is hard to estimate. Today more than a million visitors each year check Petra off their travel to-do list....