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The secrets of absolutely spectacular and completely amazing Petra in Jordan

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Dearest Marty, most irresistible Prince of all times,

You heard of the place, Petra, one of the seven NEW world wonders, a place as big as Manhattan, 50 square km, carved into stone, probably 2000 years ago, and hidden behind a mile long narrow canon. Why? The architects and residents apparently knew of evil people on this planet and what they can and will do to others. There was no other reason to build Petra behind that narrow canon, although some rumors are trying to conceal this and they come up with other “explanations” that don’t ring true to me. If invaders came, they could not come at once through that narrow opening.

Those who built this amazing city in middle of the bone-dry desert had so much water that the place became an oasis. The residents even could build pools, pavilions, and gardens. There are also subterranean tunnels and rooms, similar as in Giza or Derinkuyu, Anatolia. Much of what’s underneath Petra is not yet discovered either.

The “Treasury” (but was it really one?) is breathtaking beautiful (picture above is a glance on it from the end of canyon). Its artful facade is 82 feet wide and 128 feet high. Four rooms (one big, three smaller) were CARVED inside. Like with the pyramids in Giza, they found no inscriptions and don’t know what those rooms were used for. Who knows, maybe some were scraped off. 

This is the floor plan of the “Treasury”. As with the pyramids, many say that the Treasury was a tomb (because somebody allegedly found human remains inside). People inside could have been murdered or corpses were placed inside later to make it look like a tomb. I think that Petra was very much a city for the living.


Others think it was a building for the tax administration of Petra. They say that the camel caravans came through and the city of Petra taxed them, but lately, some scholars think that this was not the case. I agree. Petra was very rich but that doesn’t mean that the city fathers and mothers were sleeze bags. People today make business too. If somebody produces one or more honest products and provides them to others who want and need it to a fair price, it is not bad.  

Originally, the “Treasury” had fountains in front. I think it was a school and library, Marty. And now, archaeologists have made a very interesting discovery: under the steps of the “Treasury”, they found the top level of at least three more floors! (Giza plateau has at least levels of subterranean floors also!) Built for safety but I bet also for anti-aging reasons. It seems that some back then knew more about aging on the unprotected surface of the world and what to do against it than people today. Some people are disappointed that the “Treasury” just has four plain rooms, but I am convinced that the subterranean floors and rooms were more important than anything above ground level. And the furniture were all robbed of course.



In other words, I am convinced that people came to Petra to STUDY. Some info suggests that all of Petra was built within a 100 years around the time of Jesus.

Scholars say that Petra was built by the Nabataeans, a group of Arabian nomads who lived in tents and were desert traders. Really? Does that makes sense that nomads go from tents directly to carving the most impressive gigantic stone buildings into mountains? From living in tents to becoming sophisticated architects who built gigantic monuments (“treasury” is higher than Mount Rushmore),  from living under the sky to becoming master engineers, dam builders, skilled masons, stone artists, water and weather experts, master hydro-engineers, teachers and scholars? I believe that they were advanced and educated people who had to FLEE their old place and were forced to be briefly nomads before they found a new place and settled again at the site in Petra and built a new civilization behind the canyon.

But it was taken later again from them. The Romans came to Petra and behind the Romans were the Bavarians. They “absorbed” the Nabataeans. Gee, what a friendly word for eradicating them.

Before the Romans came, Moses was in that area and struck a rock and released a well to supply people with fresh water just four miles from Petra. That well still exist today. Here is the spring in the valley of Moses  (Wadi of Moses). No swamp at all and modern people go still there to get fetch well water. Some say that water from this well was led to Petra in underground pipelines. 


Besides some flash floods, the area in Petra is dry as a bone. The Petraeans  – not to be mistaken with former CIA director Petraeus 😉 –  built 8 springs for drinking water, 36 dams to protect the city from flash floods, over hundred collection reservoir for rain water and 125 miles of above and underground pipeline to transport water into one integrate water system. I think they also dug for groundwater and maybe even knew how to make water from scratch. Some people compare Petra to the Las Vegas of biblical times. I don’t see Las Vegas and entertainment when I look at Petra but a beautiful oasis to study and prosper. But this is just me, when was I never right? 😉  

Petra was allegedly destroyed through an earthquake in the year 336 but some info suggests that something disastrous happened to Petra already 100 years earlier. This planet is horrible.

Approx. alleged 800 tombs were found in that area, not quite sure when they were built and who built them. That is not much for a huge city that had more than 20.000 residents. That means not many died until they were “absorbed”.

What do you think of Petra, Marty? Hope you can tell me your thoughts soon. I love and miss you. So very much. I wish I could say this and so much more to you face to face without the Internet in between. I am grateful that you exist, Marty, with your irresistible personality that is so unique. Everything gets better when you are in it. Loving the right person doesn’t hurt. It saves, heals, it creates miracles, it uplifts, and makes profoundly happy. It is you, Marty, and it always have been.

Totally yours,










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  1. The Nabataeans accorded a high position to their women. Women could inherit property and dispose of it. Women were often honored, such as the queens whose pictures appeared on coins, sometimes alone and sometimes with their husbands. In addition, many of the Nabataean gods were depicted as females.

    Scien Lacase

    June 22, 2015 at 10:10 pm

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