People in the UAE Don't Have to Go to Jordan to Experience the Ancient City of Petra
If you've been to Petra you'll know what it feels like to step into the ancient world of the Arab Nabataeans. And if you haven't yet been able to sample the Rose City, this new exhibition at the Sharjah Archaeology Museum might just persuade you to book a flight.
Titled Petra, Desert Wonder, the exhibit – running November 23-March 16 – features sculptures, statues, architectural remnants and much more in an attempt to promote cross-cultural exchange between Arab societies. Pieces on show reveal just how impressive Petra's Great Temple was between 300BC and 106AD, including its complicated underground plumbing system, which provided a supply of drinking water during droughts. Additionally, a bronze jug handle decorated with the figure of Medusa showcases the brilliant technology most likely available in Petra's bronze-making workshop.
"Visitors will gain an understanding into one of the most important civilizations in the region and the groundbreaking artistic and architectural heritage integral to their capital," Manal Ataya, Director General of Sharjah Museums Department, said.
The exhibition was inaugurated by Sheikh Fahim bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, on Wednesday in collaboration between Sharjah Museums Department and the Department of Antiquities in Jordan.
To find out more about the Gods they worshiped and how Medusa's image was used to ward off evil, be sure to check it out. Get more information at www.sharjahmuseums.ae.