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Petra is sometimes called the ‘Lost City’. In spite of its being such an important city in antiquity, after the 14
century AD, Petra was completely lost to the western world. It was rediscovered in 1812 by the Swiss traveller, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, who tricked his way into the fiercely guarded site by pretending to be an Arab from India wishing to make a sacrifice at the tomb of the Prophet Aaron.
Jordan's national dish, called Mansaf, is a real delicacy. It consists of large chunks of tender lamb in a yoghurt-based sauce and is served with saffron-dyed rice. In a Bedouin home it is served in a large dish on a low table, around which family and guests are seated, and it is often eaten by using just the right hand - a serious challenge for most visitors!