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Optimized petra 1917 4 485 a minFrederic Edwin Church (1826 - 1900) Petra, 1868

Talal Akasheh has devoted half his life to protecting and preserving the 2,500-year-old Jordanian city Petra from the ravages of nature and neglect. And at a time when many of his peers have long since retired, Akasheh, 69, remains dogged in his efforts to preserve the once robust trade capital, home to the world’s largest collection of rock-carved monuments.

Carved in red sandstone, Petra was a thriving caravan trading center from 400 B.C. to A.D. 106, and then it sat empty and in ruins until its rediscovery by Swiss explorer Johann Lewis Burckhardt in 1812. Tourism to the site flourished, and its exotic look eventually attracted Hollywood—several scenes in 1989’s Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade were filmed there......

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