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Petra - The Treasury

Petra - The Treasury
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Copyright: Martyn Peck (Travelcam) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 792 W: 72 N: 1163] (10272)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1991-02
Categories: Transportation, Architecture, Artwork, Event, Mood
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-09-01 0:36
Viewed: 2612
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This photo follows on from my previous TL posting “Surreal journey – The Siq”.

The Treasury is what lies immediately ahead when emerging from the Siq. Standing over 40 meters and carved out of the rock face. It is truly a magnificent and awesome sight. As mentioned previously on TL, I was fortunate to have travelled through Jordan at a time when there were very few tourists. Consequently I enjoyed this ancient city without the inconvenience of large crowds, noise, and mayhem. I was to realise that day I needed several days to take in all the visual splendours which Petra has to offer the keen tramper with a discerning eye.

I experienced an altogether peaceful and tranquil Petra, in fact I almost felt I was rediscovering a lost civilisation. It was a feeling I will never forget, walking unhindered and alone at a leisurely pace along countless ancient tracks, ascending and descending spectacular rock fissures and underneath overhangs. It was like time had stopped. Transcending from one fascinating area of this vast city to another, I strolled from cooler elevated plateaus with magnificent vistas (eg. Looking across to Aaron’s tomb) onwards to the baking hot desert plains below where many Roman ruins lay, including an impressive Roman road. Check out my TL photo “Pillar from the past”, this solitary column is located along this road, piercing the view across the expansive central plain.

From one tomb to another I would make my way along paths hewn into rock facades, the sandstone of which comprised veins of dark blue, light blue, yellow, brown, pink, white, orange, and red. It has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Many of the cliffs and gullies have these coloured veins streaming across them like they’ve been painted such. They haven’t…these are the colours of the natural sandstone!

The Treasury is one of the most visited and photographed buildings in Petra. It was used as a location for one of the Indiana Jones films. It is thought to have been carved out of the rock face in the 1st century BC, its purpose is unclear but it could have been used as a temple and/or a royal tomb. The local Bedouin people have long since considered it a storage place for artefacts from Pharoahs, placed there by looters of their tombs. This has never been confirmed so its purpose in Petra remains a mystery. The architectural style of the Treasury also raises questions in that it differs considerably from that elsewhere in this impressive ancient sandstone metropolis…The Rose City.

Thanks for viewing and reading.

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A BIG MASSIVE WOW WOW, what an awesome Photo Martyn, the detail of the structure and scale show how massive it is and how long it must have taken to carve it out of solid rock/stone

Did you frighten the camel off Martyn?
Stunning image again.

  • Janone Gold Star Critiquer [C: 3409 W: 0 N: 0] (0)
  • [2007-09-01 3:13]

Hello Martyn.
Thanks a lot for the reall travel story, to wrote here.
I do have a weak for the middle East too, as I worked many years in countries around the 'Gulf', but haven't been in Jordan.
Excellent posting of this wonderful front at Petra.
A Reall tresury it is.
Greetings from Jan

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1977 W: 301 N: 3060] (26902)
  • [2007-09-01 11:39]

Hello Martyn ! Well composed shot, very good exposure and great light. Well done !


Hello The size of this is awsome, well composed and captured photo excllent detail svery crisp well balanced and great composure with great camera control

TFS Kyle

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3204 W: 262 N: 7964] (34497)
  • [2007-09-05 21:48]

Oh Martyn, this is a place I'd love to go to. Quite amazing history and culture. And in 1991 you would have found it better to travel there than you would now...
Good shot of this well known building - and the small people give us a good idea of the real size of the place too.
Well done on the scan too.

Hello Martyn,

I was just reviewing my photos and noticed your comment about my double dog photo again, so I stopped by to look at more of your images.

This building of such incredible elegance strikes me as such an amazing contrast to the ruggedness of the stone cliff from which it is constructed. I'm also struck by the time when this building was build and the ability of these people to have made something so many years ago.

thanks . . .

Richard in San Francisco

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