Southwest Jordan is home to an ancient, mythical city named Petra, meaning "stone." With monumental facades and spectacular buildings sculpted out of solid rock, this breathtaking site has been described by UNESCO as "one of the most precious cultural properties of man's cultural heritage." Settled in 7000 BC, Petra eventually became the capital of the rich and powerful Nabataean kingdom. As the seat of power transferred to the Roman Empire, Petra's wealth and prominence declined. Eventually, the city was lost to the world. It wasn't until 1812, when Swedish explorer, Johann Burckhardt, rediscovered the city that the Western world began to piece together Petra's significant history. I finally had my chance to visit this wonderous kingdom; here are a few pictures.