Text: Michelle Bienias
Photo: Uri Cogan
Petra, popularized by the movie “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, was lost for seven centuries to modern Western civilization, its existence a guarded secret known only to the local Bedouins until 1812, when John Lewis Burckhardt tricked his Bedouin guides into leading him there. The young Swiss convert to Islam heard locals speaking of a “lost city” and disguised himself as a pilgrim seeking to make a sacrifice at the tomb of Aaron. The ruse worked and he ‘discovered’ Petra.