Petra, too, offers a taste of eternity for visitors. The beautiful secret city of the Nabataeans was lost to the world in general for centuries until rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt. The stone city is often referred to as the eighth wonder of the ancient world, it is included in the recent list of the severn modern wonders of the world, and it is said that nothing can quite prepare you for the reality of a visit to the rose-red city that was once an important junction on the silk and spice routes between Europe and the East.
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