Petra: Jordans City in the Rock will be open from December 10, 1998, to February
Stories of Petras beauty, history, and immense
wealth have persisted for centuries. Petra has witnessed the Israelite exodus from Egypt,
the flourishing trade routes of the Nabataeans, the Roman
empire, the Crusades, and the lives of modern Bedouin.
The Explorers Hall exhibit transports
visitors to this ancient city, carved into reddish sandstone
hills nearly 3,000 years ago. Artifacts on display include
winged statuettes in bronze, terra-cotta figures, ceramic jugs, storage
jars, oil lamps, Nabataean coins and 1,400-year-old scrolls. Images
from NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC photographer Annie Griffiths Belt, architectural re-creations, and a Bedouin tent enrich the tale of this rose-red city half as old as time.
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