Ancient Megastructures: Petra

NAIONAL GEOGRAPHIC – Tuesday 5 May, 7.30pm

Stuck between a rock and a hard place in the unforgiving deserts of Petra in modern day Jordan, the Nabataean dream of a glorious royal city must have seemed like little more than a very grand mirage. Standing at the crossroads of the ancient Near East, these wealthy traders would rely on human resourcefulness and courageous endeavour to turn engineering on its head and create one of the world’s most awe-inspiring monuments, the Khazneh. Uncover how the Nabataeans held back flash-floods to protect their greatest monument, and how clues hidden deep in the building reveal the great king whose vision created this masterpiece.

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