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And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.
Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.
Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.
But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly. Genesis 13:10-13
Josh leads his team across the sands of Jordan to Petra, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. Excavation workers say this ancient city carved in stone is haunted by an evil force known as the djinn. Destination Truth s3e14, Skyfy 2010
At night when the crowds have left, guards report hearing whispered voices over the desert winds and seeing mysterious inky shadows raking along the canyon walls. Locals blame a paranormal spirit that they call the djinn for these nightly terrors. ibid.
September 11th 1970 ... Dawson’s Field, a disused British airbase in the Jordanian desert is the setting for one of the most audacious air terrorist attacks in history. In the first ever multiple hijacking three planes from America, Switzerland and Britain are being forced to land on the desert airstrip. Days that Shook the World: Black September/Lockerbie, BBC 2003
For twenty minutes explosions rock the desert stillness. ibid.
In the following days Jordan launched an all-out war against the Palestinian guerrillas. In the following month known as Black September over 5,000 troops were killed on all sides. ibid.
Petra is one of the most magical places in the Arab world ... Is there a darker more secret side to Petra? Jamie Theakston, Forbidden History: The Lost Secrets of Petra, Science 2013
Petra is a warren of tombs and caves cut into the rock. It's a pre-Christian ghost town. ibid.
Nearly every industry in the world has a trade show … Here in Jordan for the last 14 years in huge tents in the middle of the desert they have a massive trade show for war. It’s called the Special Operations Forces Exhibition or SOFEX for short, and it’s hosted by Jordan’s King Abdullah, one of America’s only allies in the Middle East. The Business of War: SOFEX, Vice TV 2015
There’s pretty much every general in the world here. ibid.
The arms industry is estimated at anywhere between $350 million to $500 billion a year, one of the largest industries in the world. ibid.
It’s like a million Doctor Evils. ibid.
A one-stop shot for Special Operations-type training. ibid.
Petra: one of the greatest wonders of the ancient world. Once a thriving capital city surrounded by desert, half built, half carved straight from stone cliffs. But at some point Petra’s people abandoned their jewel of the desert. Ancient Mysteries s2e5: The Great Mystery of Petra, Channel 5 2017
The tombs all stopped being used around 100 A.D. ibid.
The ever-expanding Roman Empire had surrounded the Nabatean kingdom. ibid.
Life in Petra continued for centuries longer than experts previously believed. ibid.
Is it even possible that a momentous flood could have driven its people to leave? ibid.
‘A huge earthquake that occurred from 748-749 A.D.’ ibid.
The Nabataeans had what you might call an instinct for cultural ecology; they worked with the rock in their desert home … This is Petra. Simon Schama, Civilisations I: Second Moment of Creation, BBC 2018
A garden city of fountains, swimming pools, groves and orchards … A city of 30,000 people … A cosmopolitan playground. ibid.
Ever since I first saw this the magical city of Petra in Jordan it just hasn’t left my mind. It’s one of the most beautiful, unusual and iconic cities in the whole world. Lost Cities with Albert Linn s1e4: Petra’s Hidden Origins, National Geographic 2019
There’s another lost city carved into the rock near here … Ancient writings suggest that somewhere along this highway lies a Nabataean city hidden in the mountains, one that predates Petra by hundreds of years. ibid.
The camel was the backbone of the Nabataean merchant [Arabian] enterprise. Bettany Hughes’ Treasures of the World s2e1: Rea Sea & Petra, Channel 4 2023
The Nabataeans’ crowning achievement – a spectacular city carved into the landscape itself. ibid.
One of the most spectacular and enigmatic wonders of antiquity – the beautiful rock-cut city of Petra. ibid.