A short history of Petra, Jordan

When I was 9, I had the chance to visit the old Nabatean capital city of Petra. Located in Jordan’s southwestern dessert, Petra is a half built / half carved into rock, city dating back to the 3rd century BC. Back in the 4th century, the Nabataeans (nomadic arabs) controlled a vast area of land located in the Middle East: from modern day Israel and Jordan into the northern Arabian peninsula. The Nabataeans named Petra the capital city of their kingdom, as it was located in a convenient area and was used as a regional trading hub. It was located on trade routes that transported incense, spices and