Petra – The desert marvel

January 12, 2013
Basel’s museum of antiquities is currently presenting the latest results of archeological research at the ancient site of Petra in Jordan. Some 150 relics are on view, while visitors can learn how the Nabataeans were able to build and maintain a city in the middle of the desert.
Swiss traveller and orientalist Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, aka Sheikh Ibrahim Ibn Abdallah

January 12, 2013

Basel’s museum of antiquities is currently presenting the latest results of archeological research at the ancient site of Petra in Jordan. Some 150 relics are on view, while visitors can learn how the Nabataeans were able to build and maintain a city in the middle of the desert.

On August 22, 1812, Swiss traveller and orientalist Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, aka Sheikh Ibrahim Ibn Abdallah, was the first European to set eyes on the mysterious city of Petra, whose location had been lost to outsiders for nearly a 1,000 years. Burckhardt is considered the founder of modern research carried out at the site. Today, Petra is a Unesco World Heritage site and is visited by thousands of tourists.

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  1. Some reports state that Mr. Burckhardt converted to Islam properly while other reports suggest that he was ‘just pretending’. Personally I feel it is not easy to ‘pretend’ to be a Muslim. If you pretend you can get up for a limited period of time for Fajr prayers when you want to ‘show off’, but for years? Allah knows best.

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