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    Petra, Jordan - Ten Amazing Facts

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    Petra, Jordan - Ten Amazing Facts - as part of the travel series by GeoBeats.

    10 - Inhabited by Nabataeans over 2500 years ago.

    9 - City was carved into the walls of a desert canyon.

    8 - The Treasury, its most famous structure, is estimated to be 2000 years old.

    7 - Nabataeans prospered by controlling water supply in region.

    6 - They used mechanisms like dams to store and sell water from flash floods.

    5 - Spice trade further fueled Petra's prosperity in the first century BC.

    4 - An earthquake in 4th century destroyed these water management systems.

    3 - Change in trade routes led to Petra's eventual decline.

    2 - The city was abandoned in 1189.

    1 - Estimated 30,000 people lived in Petra at its peak.