PETRA PETRA PETRA
Lost City of Stone
April 7, 2005 to February 18, 2007
The city of Petra in Jordan © Jane Taylor

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION 

PETRA AND THE NABATAEANS 

A WORD FROM THE CURATOR 

TIMELINE 

EXHIBITION TREASURES 

RESOURCES 

THE BEDOUIN OF PETRA 

CREDIT 
Statue of Victory holding celestial disk with head of Tyche

Statue of Victory
holding celestial disk
with head of Tyche

PETRA AND THE NABATAEANS

  THE CROSSROADS OF
   ANCIENT TRADE ROUTES


  A CITY CARVED IN STONE

  LOST… AND REDISCOVERED

THE CROSSROADS OF ANCIENT
TRADE ROUTES

Petra was a major crossroads of international trade routes linking southern Arabia, Syria, Egypt, Greece, Rome and even India. Through these camel caravan routes flowed a variety of goods including textiles, spices, precious metals and incense. As savvy entrepreneurs, the Nabataeans took advantage of this strategic location. At Petra, they offered water and a safe haven for merchants, and collected a fee for their service.

They also exacted tolls and customs taxes in exchange for safe passage within Nabataea and beyond its boundaries. By 100 B.C., they controlled the Arabian incense trade and used their significant wealth to build the spectacular city of Petra.