Real place or no?
February 22, 2010 12:10 AM   Subscribe

Is this a real place, or just a horrible Photoshop that I really want to exist?

I feel like an ass even asking this, because the image looks like such an obvious fake. And there's nothing on page 30, in case you're wondering.
posted by biddeford to Grab Bag (16 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: Looks like Petra, Jordan, to me.
posted by amyms at 12:12 AM on February 22, 2010

Best answer: Yup, as featured in Indiana Jones
posted by null terminated at 12:12 AM on February 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Best answer: Yup, Petra. It's a real place. I've been there. It really looks just like that.
posted by LobsterMitten at 12:14 AM on February 22, 2010

Response by poster: Wow, that was fast! Thanks, you guys.
posted by biddeford at 12:22 AM on February 22, 2010

Best answer: If you happen to have Netflix, there's a pretty cool A&E doc about Petra called The Hidden City of Petra (and you can either stream it or rent the DVD).
posted by so_gracefully at 12:35 AM on February 22, 2010 [4 favorites]

I learned about Petra from a professor explaining what Melville was talking about in this part of "Bartleby": "Of a Sunday, Wall Street is deserted as Petra; and every night of every day it is an emptiness." Such a great place and a great image.
posted by dreamyshade at 12:45 AM on February 22, 2010

And on Flickr.
posted by msittig at 1:02 AM on February 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Part of the third Indiana Jones movie was filmed there, IIRC.
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 1:07 AM on February 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Featured in that photo is the treasury of Petra.
posted by zippy at 1:32 AM on February 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

You might also like this place.
posted by BadMiker at 4:45 AM on February 22, 2010 [3 favorites]

Out of curiosity, why do there seem to be so few photos of the interior? I mean, the exterior is incredibly impressive, but I'd like to see the inside as well. It seems that people are allowed in, is photography not allowed?
posted by speeb at 5:47 AM on February 22, 2010

Never mind. I think I just found my answer.
posted by speeb at 5:49 AM on February 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Yeah, speeb, it's really quite a bummer to walk down the "road" that leads to the Treasury, view it in all its magnificence, and then to go inside and there is nothing. Most of the city is like that--nice facades but no interior.

To this day, I still don't understand why the Arabs selling the tourist tchochkes at Petra don't sell Holy Grails! You'd make bank with those.
posted by emkelley at 7:04 AM on February 22, 2010 [1 favorite]

Yup, Petra. I've been and it's not as cool as it is in the photographs, thought it's very cool. Look out for the semi-stray dogs of squatters who still live there.

I suspect it will be more impressive in ten years or so since the city is half buried in sand taht they're removing. That's what they told me anyway.

They're not Arabs. It's in Jordan. And FWIW Jordan itself was waaay cooler than I'd anticipated even if I did get laughed at for coming out of the hotel with wet hair*.

*Apparently that means you just had sex because that's when you wash your hair.
posted by cmoj at 9:27 AM on February 22, 2010 [2 favorites]

Petra is wonderful, entering from the Siq to be confronted by the Treasury is just amazing. Sure the 'buildings' are really just facades but it is still pretty mind blowing.
I'll second cmoj, I visited Jordan 10 years ago and to this day it is still the most memorable place I've ever visited.
posted by evilelf at 1:15 PM on February 22, 2010

The inside is just empty as are most of the other similar structures in the valley. I climbed up above the treasury on the cliff across from it and sketched and people watched for hours. It was great. There's a lot more than just that one structure—I spent three days walking around the immediate area when I was there in 2007. I've traveled a lot and Perta was one of the few places that exceeded my expectations.
posted by Bunglegirl at 2:13 PM on February 22, 2010

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