The Architectural Foundation
of Santa Barbara Presents
Petra: the Ancient Stone City of Jordan
a Lecture by Allan Langdale
Thursday, July 21 at 7p.m. at the Architectural Foundation of Santa Barbara 229 E. Victoria Street. Suggested donation of $10 at the door.
The fabled Nabatean city of Petra, in Jordan, is one of the world’s wonders. A UNESCO World Heritage site since the mid-1980s, Petra continues to provide new discoveries. It is one of the world’s most remarkably conceived urban environments: a city whose major monuments were not constructed but carved out of the sandstone of massive cliffs, valleys, and outcrops. This lecture takes us on a tour of the ruins of the 2000 year-old city, from its unique entrance—a canyon called the Siq—to its monumental tombs known as the ‘Treasury’ and the ‘Monastery’, as well as its open air ritual sites, streets, and temples. Other topics include the complex hydrological projects of the people who built Petra, struggling to preserve water in a dry desert environment.
Allan Langdale is an art and architectural historian who teaches at UC Santa Cruz but who also works half the year as a tour leader for Smithsonian Journeys, Lindblad/National Geographic, and Zegrahm Expeditions. He is the author of the definitive guidebook to the art and architecture of north Cyprus and a recent travel book Palermo: Travels in the City of Happiness. He has traveled extensively in the Eastern Mediterranean; Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Middle East. He has also made a documentary film on the historical architecture of the little known medieval Cypriot city of Famagusta.
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We look forward to seeing you there!