Siq

Siq

A narrow gorge bordering cliffs, about three hundred feet high, is the main entrance into the ancient city of Petra. This UNESCO World Heritage site and also named one of the Wonders of the World, is on the bucket list of millions of people.  When you first enter the main entrance area, you don’t quite know what to expect. You see horses and handlers, you see people walking ahead of you towards the hidden city, and you see rocks that appear quite normal.
 
As you walk further into the gorges, you start seeing rock carvings of what seem to be camels and soldiers. The sandy walkway is replaced by smooth rocks and the sound of approaching horse carriages take you back in time. You hear people talking of how Indiana Jones shot his guns at the enemy at that exact spot. During most of the walk the rocks are overlapping each other which offers cover from the scorching sun.
 
When walking towards the Siq, you get your very first glimpse of the foot of the Treasury and it is here where the anticipation builds up inside of you. You know that it is now or never to take a photo of the natural rip in the rock, which casts a dark shadow, with the beautifully pink rock on the other side. If you are patient enough and investigate this piece of rock, you will perhaps understand how nature formed part in hiding such a city from the rest of the world for so long.
 
Once you make it through the Siq, you stand face to face with the pink colored Treasury and you forget, or not even take notice, of the people and camels that stand in this square. Looking back the Siq seems insignificant because you finally arrived at one of the world’s puzzle pieces.
 
It is suggested to take part in the Petra By Night tour that takes place three times a week. The entire route from the main entrance is light up by candles that are placed in brown paper bags. With the gorges overlapping, it leaves the entire way dark and during this walking tour you don’t get to see the Siq, but you know you are entering it. Once you are in front of the Treasury, with the square covered in thousands of candles, you take in the illuminated Treasury and hear the humming of Bedouins singing their traditional songs.