For most of its history since independence from British administration in 1946, Jordan was ruled by King HUSSEIN (1953-99). A pragmatic ruler, he successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states... [read more]
Date: March 2nd 2010
Petra was once a powerful trading post on the Silk Route and reached its zenith around the 1st century. It was abandoned after the fall of the Roman Empire some 700 years later and lay more or less forgotten for more than another 1,000 years.
In the 1st century BC Petra was the boom town of the ancient world. By the 8th century AD it had suffered two earthquakes and was virtually abandon ... read more