Posted by: travelrat | July 11, 2007

Stonehenge Didn’t Make It

PetraLast weekend, they voted on the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. It caused a bit of weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth around this part of the world, because Stonehenge didn’t make it!

This doesn’t surprise me. Compared to those features that did make the cut, Stonehenge is like a kiddie’s swing to a fairground.

My vote went to Petra, in Jordan, which I visited in 2002. That’s not, as some people think, just one building. It’s a city, and to explore it properly, you need strong shoes, plenty of water and at least a whole day … preferably two.

I thought I’d post a picture here of the Treasury, which is Petra’s best-known building. The best one in my collection was, in fact, taken by my wife, Lorraine, with a simple ‘point and shoot’. And, she says she’s nobody’s photographer!

I’d also like to include a note from my friend, Sami al Hasanat. He owns JI Tours ( and has an office in Wadi Musa, just outside the entrance to Petra. He said:

Dear friends,

Petra made it and became one of the new seven wonders of the world. It is a great privilege that Petra has achieved the position that she certainly deserves.

On behalf of Petra and its people, we would like to thank you very much indeed voting for Petra to become one of the new seven wonders of the world.

We hope that will bring prosperity for the ancient city and its people. All friends and lovers of Jordan and Petra, please accept our sincere thanks.

We wish you long life, good health and peace.

Thank you once again.

Sami al Hasanat

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