October 12, 2013 (Saturday): AMMAN – PETRA – AMMAN
Wake up call At 6:00AM and followed by a breakfast in the Restaurant of Geneva Hotel at 6:30AM. We left Geneva Hotel at 7:30AM. We started our tour with a visit to the lost city of Petra, “The Red Rose City.” Petra is a city dating back to 300 B.C. which was literally cut into the cliffs side.
But before we went to Petra, we passed-by the Church of Our Lady of Nazareth, an Orthodox church, in Princess Alyah Street, As-Sweifiyeh District, Amman, Jordan, as part of the pilgrimage, for an 8AM Mass presided by Fr. Roming Buenaobra. The readings of the day were used. The Mass ended at 8:55am. After the Mass, picture taking and then somebody brought Bishop Gutierrez back to Geneva Hotel. He did not join the excursion to Petra. We proceeded to Petra at 9:30AM. While on our way to this ancient city, we prayed the holy rosary led by co-host number 2. Written Bible passages were distributed for meditation and religious music was played. I got this passage from the Book of Psalms 23:4, “Even if I go through the deepest darkness, I will not be afraid, Lord, for you are with me.”
We stopped at a store for shopping of souvenirs, went to Washing Closet (WC, Comfort Room), took some pictures and then drove again to Petra at 11:15am.
We arrived in the town of Wadi Musa, the nearest town to the archaeological site of Petra, at around 1:15PM (6:15PM Philippine time), had our lunch at Sun City Restaurant but again no water was given for free. Wadi Musa in Arabic is translated as “Valley of Moses,” a town located in the Aqaba Governorate in southern Jordan.
After lunch our tour guide bought tickets for Petra and then walked leisurely to the site. I thought the road to Petra was difficult to tract but was an easy one. But if you like and feeling tired, a horse riding or carriage-ride through the 2-kilometer road, the only access to this city but not for free.
|After we entered the Gate of Petra, this is a big space before walking into the Petra||At the Gate of Petra|
Petra is a Greek word meaning rock. It is a historic and archaeological city that has rock cut architecture and water conduits system and was the capital city of the Nabataeans. It is a symbol of Jordan as well as its most visited tourism attraction. It lies on the slope of Mount Hor. Petra was chosen as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and a World Heritage Site since 1985. Petra was chosen by the BBC as one of “the 40 places you have to see before you die.”
When we reached the Treasury, which was carved in the 1st century BC as a tomb of an important Nabataean king, we took pictures. Some scholars believe it was later use as temple. The elaborately carved façade represents the Nabataean engineering genius. After a little while, we returned back to the main gate, at a small grandstand, the meeting place of the group. We left Petra at around 5:30PM and reached Geneva Hotel in Amman at 9pm; had our dinner, water were given for free but only 10 big bottles and then slept.
For Videos see these links:
http://youtu.be/PEMVRDLThHc – Fr. Roming Buenaobra presiding the Mass at Our Lady of Nazareth
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