Not quite city, not quite desert, not quite rock – Petra is something in between. This place in Wadi Musa, once the capital of the Nabatean Kingdom (2nd century BC), is so surreal that it is ranked among the seven wonders of the world. The Khazne al-Firaun, the 40-metre-high Treasury of the pharaoh, the facade of which made the rock city famous, looks like an engraving in the sandstone.
By the way, it was not a treasury in real life, but the tomb of the pharaoh. If you can, stay in Petra until it gets dark, because this is when the rock city is cloaked in candlelight – and will have you believing in miracles again.