The Monastery

Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan

My first postcard from Jordan, ever, comes from Mervat. It shows the Monastery at Petra, which was built, or shall I say carved, as early as 312 BC. The Smithsonian Magazine reckons that it is one of the 28 places that you have to see before you die. Crap, another list that I now have to add to my bucket of lists. It has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985 and is one of the greatest things on the list in my humble opinion. Strangely enough, this masterpiece of the Middle East was not known to the Western world until 1812, when Swiss explorer, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, introduced it. One would think that by then, someone would have said something about it. Thank you Mervat, I love it!