Petra Conservation Issues

The ancient city of Petra (in present-day Jordan) is famous for being ENTIRELY carved into the red sandstone cliffs and valleys of Jordan’s expansive desert.  The city was even named one of the seven wonders of the world in a recent worldwide poll (which I completely agree with having been there last summer), but it is slowly falling apart from environmental degradation.  In ancient times the rock buildings were kept safe from erosion by an intricate irrigation system that kept water away from the walls and facades.  But now that this irrigation system is no longer functional the buildings are slowly succumbing to the tides of time and erosion, particularly the world famous treasury building – Washington Post

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