Petra: A Google Street View project by Queen Rania

Petra: A Google Street View project by Queen Rania

Part of a nationwide project including the Dead Sea

Editor: Faizal Dahlawia

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Thanks to Queen Rania and Google Street View, you can now step back in time and take a narrated tour of the hidden gem that is Petra

Petra is the latest city to become a part of the Google Street View project. As part of the reveal, Queen Rania of Jordan has invited the world to explore Petra by narrating a video that highlights the beauty and grandeur of the ancient city. With the new Street View project, users now have a 360-degree immersive experience around the rose-red city of Petra, made famous due to its appearance in the movie 'Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade'.

Posting on Google Street View's blog, Queen Rania thanked Google for allowing Jordan to share its rich, proud and varied history with anyone who has an Internet connection. "With more than 30 historical sites available to explore virtually, people all over the world now have a window into our beautiful Kingdom in the heart of the Middle East," she said.

"That's one of the reasons I love this technology. Not only does it connect millions of people from all corners of the world, it provides a lens on the past. And when we understand more about each other's stories and cultures and histories, we realise that we are more alike than we are different. That's why we must preserve these treasures for future generations. They're a doorway to our shared narrative."

Other sites to benefit from the Jordan project include the Dead Sea, Mount Nebo and the monuments at Jerash.

Here's the Google Maps video narrated by Queen Rania...