Photographer's Note

Detail from the :Urn Tomb
Petra, where breath-taking architecture is carved into rose-colored sandstone cliffs, is a three-hour drive south of Amman, Jordan.
The wavy sandstone geological strata give the facades and interior surfaces of the rock-hewn buildings interesting layered and whorled patterns - in a range of hues from pale yellowish white to intense desert rosy red.
Petra, which means "rock" in Greek, was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. Hearing rumors of fantastic ruins from the bedouins, Burckhardt disguised himself as a Muslim sheik and ventured into Petra with a suspicious local guide who, along with others, wanted to keep the ruins' location hidden.
The entryway to the city center is known as the Siq (pronounced seek). This winding narrow cleft in the mountain forms a dusty, milelong hike to the most impressive of sites, the El-Khazneh (treasury)
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Additional Photos by Yiannis Logiotatidis (logios) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 179 W: 28 N: 398] (1903)
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