But before I get into the details, Jordan is also the place where Jesus was baptized and we went to the edge of the Jordan River and said a little prayer. It was really cool because water from the Jordan River was the water that the priest used to baptize Ty and me when we were babies.
People have been living in Jordan for thousands of years. Petra is really, really old. People started living there more than 2000 years ago. When you first walk to the city through a long pathway between the rocks called 'The Siq," the first thing you see is the treasury building. This is the only man-made carving in the world that was built from the top down to the bottom. It was done this way because they were afraid that if they did it from bottom to top, the rocks would fall and break the sculpture below. It's really not a treasury building because there was never any treasure in there, but when people rediscovered the city, that's what they thought. It was actually a tomb for a famous ruler.
Another cool thing about Petra is that the people carved caves in the rock and that's where they lived. We went in some of the caves and we felt like we were back in the Flintstone's age ... yaba-daba-do!