Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum also known as The Valley of the Moon is a valley cut into the sandstone and granite rock in southern Jordan 60 km (37 mi) to the east of Aqaba; it is the largest wadi in Jordan. The name Rum most likely comes from an Aramaic root meaning 'high' or 'elevated'. To reflect its proper Arabic pronunciation, archaeologists transcribe it as Wadi Ramm.

Wadi Rum has been inhabited by many human cultures since prehistoric times, with many cultures–including the Nabateans–leaving their mark in the form of rock paintings, graffiti, and temples.

In the West, Wadi Rum may be best known for its connection with British officer T. E. Lawrence, who passed through several times during the Arab Revolt of 1917–18. In the 1980s one of the rock formations in Wadi Rum was named "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" after Lawrence's book penned in the aftermath of the war, though the 'Seven Pillars' referred to in the book have no connection with Rum.

Wadi Rum Visitor Center
A large, stylish visitor centre is now opened, opposite the Seven Pillars of Wisdom, the mountain named after Lawrence of Arabia's book, to provide the main gateway to the protected area and has all the facilities, information and services visitors will need, including reception areas, interpretation halls, restaurants and craft shops. It also has conference facilities and offices for the site management team. All vehicle tours operate out of the centre and entrance fees to the protected area are collected at the gates, so all visitors are required to call in before proceeding with their itinerary. Visitors taking in private 4×4 vehicles also need to register at the centre.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom
The Seven Pillars of Wisdom Trail is one of our favorite hikes in Jordan.It is a fine walk with plenty of variety, including a dry riverbed walk through a wadi, a massive sand dune and open desert in Wadi Rum. This hike is located inside the Wadi Rum World Reserve, listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Register.

"The Seven Pillars of Wisdom: A Triumph" is an autobiographical work of T. E. Lawrence ("Lawrence of Arabia") who served as a British liaison officer with rebel forces during the Arab Revolt against the Ottoman Turks from 1916 to 1918. The forebears of the Bedouins here, part of the Howeitat tribe, were fierce warriors in the Arab Revolt. As Lawrence wrote about his book:

Wadi Rum Monument
A Wadi Rum monument in southern Jordan is illuminated by a fresh sunrise.

Wadi Rum Desert
Wadi Rum impresses by its special colors, in shades of red. Set in Jordan in the valley bearing the same name, Wadi Rum desert fascinates the tourists with its mountain chains, Shar, reaching heights of even 1600 meters. Surprisingly, although the area is arid and hot, the region is also populated and not only by the Bedouins. There is a significant tourist flow during the year, especially mountain climbers, and Wadi Rum resort has a quite modern look.

Wadi Rum Petroglyphs
Petroglyphs (also called rock engravings) are pictogram and logogram images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, and abrading. Outside North America, scholars often use terms such as "carving", "engraving", or other descriptions of the technique to refer to such images. Petroglyphs are found world-wide, and are often associated with prehistoric peoples. The word comes from the Greek words petro-, theme of the word "petra" meaning "stone", and glyphein meaning "to carve", and was originally coined in French as pétroglyphe.

The term petroglyph should not be confused with petrograph, which is an image drawn or painted on a rock face. Both types of image belong to the wider and more general category of rock art or parietal art. Petroforms, or patterns and shapes made by many large rocks and boulders over the ground, are also quite different. Inukshuks are also unique, and found only in the Arctic (except for reproductions and imitations built in more southerly latitudes).

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