Tag Archives: Middle East

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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Journey to Israel – A new reportage coming soon

Jerusalem – Afternoon prayers under the Wilson’s Arch at the Western Wall. Located to the left of the Wall, renovated on 2005, the covered area within Wilson’s Arch is part of men’s section. The area houses a Holy ark with the Torah scrolls, a library, heating for the winter and conditioning for the summer.  [©Enzo Signorelli photographer]

Crossing Israel – my pictures of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Negev, Dead Sea, Masada and Galilee. Along the Jordan River, looking for the roots of Humanity. From the Holy City of Jerusalem to the modern lifestyle in Tel Aviv, a photographic trip like a bridge beetween the past to the present. Give a sneak peek at NEOS Travel Journalists Society blog.

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