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14 legendary lost cities

By: Bryan Nelson on May 21, 2014, 3:53 p.m.

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Petra is Jordan's most prized archaeological wonder, famed for its rock-cut architecture. Due in part to being enclosed by towering rose-colored rocks, the ancient city remained unknown to the Western world until 1812. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1985.