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Petra : Jordan's extraordinary ancient city

Author: Fabio Bourbon; Barbara Fisher, (Translator)
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble Books, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The ruins of Petra, the ancient Nabatean capital in today's Jordan, constitute one of the most extraordinary and fascinating monumental complexes of the ancient world for the outstanding quality of the architecture and for the city's remarkable position, set amidst rugged hills and narrow gorges. From the fantastic Khasneh to the gigantic Deir, from the spectacular Urn Tomb to the mysterious Temple of the Winged  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Pictorial works
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Fabio Bourbon; Barbara Fisher, (Translator)
ISBN: 0760720223 9780760720226
OCLC Number: 44499791
Description: 141 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Introduction --
History --
Petra of the Nabateans --
Architectural models --
Oblivion and rediscovery --
Siq, from Wadi Mousa to the theatre --
Royal tomb area --
Urban area --
Wadi Siyagh and Wadi Thughra --
Deir --
Wadi Turkamaniya, Moghar al Nassara and Jebel el Kubtha --
Jebel Attuf and Wadi Farasa --
Little Siq --
El Barid and Al Beidha.
Other Titles: Petra.
Responsibility: texts by Fabio Bourbon, translation Barbara Fisher.

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The ruins of Petra, the ancient Nabatean capital in today's Jordan, constitute one of the most extraordinary and fascinating monumental complexes of the ancient world for the outstanding quality of the architecture and for the city's remarkable position, set amidst rugged hills and narrow gorges. From the fantastic Khasneh to the gigantic Deir, from the spectacular Urn Tomb to the mysterious Temple of the Winged Lions, every monument is described in detail and examined in relation to the complex historical and artistic events of the Rose-red City, the evolution of which is analyzed at length in the introductory chapter. Petra is not unique for its architecture alone. Here, Mother Nature has achieved one of her most original creations, defying her very own rules, laid down at the beginning of time - improbable geometry, unbelievable colors, contrasts that would by unthinkable elsewhere. The illustrations in this book pay tribute to this splendor and make it a work of rare emotional impact.

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