World wonder of the Classical era in Civilization V
|1 Great Engineer points|
- "...who drinks the water I shall give him, says the Lord, will have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life. Let them bring me to your holy mountain in the place where you dwell. Across the desert and through the mountain to the Canyon of the Crescent Moon..."
- –Indiana Jones
City must be built on or next to Desert.
- +1 Food and +1 Production, for all desert tiles worked by this city (except Flood Plains).
- Gains an additional trade route slot
- A free Caravan appears in the city.
- +6 Culture once Archaeology is discovered.
Petra is one of the most powerful, but restricted Wonders in the game. Besides enhancing early trading, its main bonus may literally turn a desert into an oasis, greatly helping the city! If one of your starting cities is close to a Desert, you should absolutely try to build Petra; for this, you'll need to rush Currency. One problem might be that the city next to the desert doesn't have much capabilities; if so, you will really have to juggle your Citizens to make most of the restricted resources available. This Wonder is perfect in areas with a large amount of desert hills (desert hills river especially) as the bonus applies on top the 2 the hills provide, but otherwise it turns a desert tile into the equivalent of a plains tile.
Constructed sometime around 1000 BC, the site of Petra in Jordan is among the most famous examples of rock-cut architecture in the world. Numerous intricately carved structures were cut into the sandstone walls of the desert canyons surrounding the area, as Petra came to serve as the capital city for the once-nomadic Nabataen people. The most famous of these structures, the Al Khazneh or "The Treasury," has been featured in numerous major motion pictures, notably a prominent role in "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" when the Al Khazneh was used to represent the location of the Holy Grail.