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From the Eastern Side of the Sacred River – Reportage in Jordan

Smoking hookah at sunset in front of the Monastery in Petra. El Deir, also known as ‘The Monastery’, is a monumental building carved out of rock in the ancient Jordanian city of Petra. Established around the 4th century BC, Petra was the capital city of the nomadic Arab Nabataeans. Discovered only in the 1812 by Swiss traveller and geographer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Petra is one of the most relevand UNESCO World Heritage Site and is also one of the New7Wonders of the World.

I spent a whole day visiting Petra, the old city of Nabataeans in Jordan, and I got well why it is one of the Seven Wonders of the world. I can’t imagine the incredible feelings of the explorer who discovered it on 1812. But I remember well my sensations, when I smoked the hookah in front of the Monastery, waiting for the red-gold light at sunset. The Jordan friend who rent the shisha gently refused my  money. ‘You are my guest’ – told me – and much probably he enjoyed the moment as well, sitting with me in front of this wonderful monument. While a slight breeze refreshed us and the shadows lengthening on the ground.

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