Lecture: Petra as a World Heritage Property

23 January 2014

Relief of an eagle (from the exhibition 'Petra')Relief of an eagle (from the exhibition 'Petra')

English spoken lecture by Prof. Dr. Moawiyeh Ibrahim (Jordan) about Petra, in the context of the exhibition Petra. Wonder in the Desert. Ibrahim is the representative of Jordan in the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Petra as a World Heritage Property

Petra was the capital of the Nabataean Kingdom before Islam (3rd century BC until 2nd century AD).This kingdom extended to reach the northwest of Arabia, south of Palestine and Sinai until north of Damascus. Petra is a mixture of natural beauty and cultural achievements. The site was inscribed on in in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1985 and in 2007 became one of the Seven World Wonders.

Many international archaeologists and conservators became involved in the excavations and protection of Petra. These explorations demonstrate a long and rich occupation history of the site and its surroundings. Petra is a delicate site and it faces challenges as a result of natural causes and human activities.

  • Date: Thursday 23 January 2014
  • Start: 15.00 hours
  • Location: Leemanszaal, Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
  • Entrance: free (excl. entrance museum)
  • Register: not necessary