Cradled in these mammoth canyons, remains of intricately shaped rock faces from centuries ago continue to amaze us.
Petra in Jordan was the capital of the Nabataeans, a 3rd century BC Arab dynasty. Petra was carved out of miles of towering rock walls.
Petra is an architectural marvel set in a deep canyon. Entrances of homes lie in straight lines. Temples and tombs house elaborate carvings. Patterned rocks colored brown, yellow and red stretch on for miles.
Today’s photo essay features images of Petra’s unique architecture.