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Petra is an ancient city founded by the Nabataeans in the 4th century BC. was founded. The city is located in present-day Jordan, about 250 kilometers south of Amman. Petra was an important trading post and checkpoint on the caravan routes between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea.

The Nabataeans used the city’s strategic location to expand their economic and political power. They controlled the trade routes and collected taxes from the caravans passing through. The city became an important center for trading in spices, frankincense, silk and other luxury goods. Petra also became famous for its unique architecture and art.

The Nabataeans created magnificent buildings and temples, including the famous Treasury (Al-Khazneh), which is now the city’s most recognizable landmark. They also created an extensive water supply and canal systems to supply water to the city. Over time, the Nabataeans came under Roman influence and had to pay tribute to the Roman Empire. In the 4th century AD, Petra was finally conquered by the Romans and came under Roman control. However, the city declined in importance and over time was abandoned and covered in sand and dust. In the 19th century Petra was rediscovered and excavated.

The city is now considered one of the most important archaeological sites in the world and is a popular tourist destination. In 1985, Petra was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.