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8 ruins to take you on a walk through time

By: Josh Lew on June 10, 2013, 3:40 p.m.
Petra, Jordan

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Petra, Jordan

Featured most memorably at the climax of "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," Jordan's Petra has thousands of monuments and buildings to explore, including well-preserved tombs, monasteries and houses.

Seemingly carved out of the mountainside, this UNESCO World Heritage Site was discovered early in the 19th century and has become one of the most well-known and most-visited sites in the country. It originally flourished during Roman times, until it was occupied by the armies of the Roman Empire in the early second century.

Petra is a popular destination, but it does feel somewhat isolated thanks to the long path through a deep gorge that visitors must hike along before arriving in the ancient city.