FREE Resources About Petra

March 21, 2021

Sarah Shelton

Sarah Shelton

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Are you learning about the Middle East, or about famous landmarks? Petra is an ancient city of ruins located in Jordan between the Dead Sea and the Red Sea. It was once a great metropolis and trading center as the center of an Arab kingdom in the Hellenistic and Roman times.

Free Resources About Petra text and background image of a national monument


Now it is a hot spot for archaeologists and tourists. It is one of the most famous historical archaeological sites in the world. The city is located between desert canyons and mountains and was carved out of stone. How amazing is that?

It is also located in a desert climate with very little rain each year. These ancient people survived by creating an amazing water rain catch collection system with connected reservoirs, dams, and cisterns. 

When you look at photographs and videos of Petra it looks like something out of a movie. That’s because it actually was in a few movies!

Fun Fact: This famous landmark was featured in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and also in The Mummy Returns.

More Facts about Petra:

  • Petra is derived from a Greek word that means rock. 
  • It was ruled and created by an ancient tribe called the Nabataeans.
  • It became part of the Roman Empire in 106 A.D.
  • One of the most famous historical archaeological sites.
  • Most of the city was carved into sandstone cliffs.
  • It was a famous ancient trade route between nomadic Arab peoples.
  • There are over 800 carved tombs located there.
  • It was abandoned and considered a lost city.
  • There is a large amphitheater carved into the side of a mountain.
  • It became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
  • In 2007 it was named one the New Seven Wonders of the World.

Find out even more about this ancient city with these FREE Printables:

Wonders of the World: Petra Reading Comprehension Vocabulary PrintableTPT

Petra, Jordan Coloring PageTPT

World Heritage Site: Petra Facts and Worksheet PacketKids Konnect

A Trip to Petra Comprehension Quiz and WorksheetsRaz Kids

Online Resources, Websites and Articles:

Petra Facts for KidsKids Kiddle

Ancient Middle East:

Visiting Petra, Jordan Online Slide Board Slide ShowTPT

Archaeology Up Close in JordanNational Geographic

Ancient City of Petra Built to Align with the SunNational Geographic

Petra History and MapBrittanica

Travel and Virtual Tours:

Google Earth Virtual Tour through Petra to add to your Google DriveTPT

Exploring Petra with KidsKids and Compass

Petra Historical Landmark in Jordan (there are some amazing photographs) – Abandoned Spaces

Picture Tutorial through PetraInditales

Visit the Ancient City of Petra with KidsWhere is the World

Ultimate Guide to Petra with KidsOur Globe Trotters

My kids love these episodes, they are so much fun and it feels like you are right there!

Learn about the ancient water systems of Petra:

The Sophisticated Water Technologies of the Ancient NabataeansAncient Origins

Learn about the Petra Water System  – Nabatea

Ancient Water Technologies of the NabataeansAncient Water Technologies

Building Wonders: Hydraulic Engineering in Ancient Petra video and article from PBS Learning Media

Is your child interested in learning more about Archaeology?

You will love The Archaeology Student Notebook from Daily Skill Building. Students will use a combination of written narration and drawing alongside The Archaeology Book by Master Books to learn about ancient history and archaeological discoveries from the Middle East that demonstrate the reliability of Biblical accounts.

The Archaeology Student Notebook text and image example of blue workbook cover and various printable pages in the background

You may want to learn about other landmarks with these freebies and printables:

Wonders of the World Printable Cheat Sheets

FREE Resources on World Landmarks

Exploring Landmarks Notebooking Pages

FREE Architects and World Landmarks Fact Cards

Free Resources About Petra text and background image of a national monument


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