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Petra (Civ5)

World wonder of the Classical era in Civilization V
Introduced in Gods & Kings
20xProduction5 250


Technology Currency (Civ5) Currency
GreatPeople5 1 Great Engineer points
  • +1 20xFood5 Food, +1 20xProduction5 Production, for all desert tiles worked by this city (except flood plains).
  • Gains an additional trade route slot and a Caravan appears in the city.
  • +6 20xCulture5 Culture once Archaeology is discovered.
  • City must be built on or next to desert.

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"...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
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Game InfoEdit

City must be built on or next to desert.


Petra is one of the most powerful, but restricted Wonders in the game. Besides enhancing early trading, its main bonus can 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 good 20xProduction5 Production capabilities; if so, you will really have to juggle your 20xPopulation5 Citizens to make the most of the limited resources available to you.

This Wonder is perfect in areas with a large amount of desert hills, as the bonus applies on top of the 2 20xProduction5 Production the hills provide, but otherwise it turns all regular desert tiles into the equivalent of plains tiles. Note that oasis tiles also get the bonus - only flood plains (non-hill tiles next to a river) don't get it. 

Historical InfoEdit

Constructed sometime around 300 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.


Petra's in-game Civilopedia entry states that it was constructed sometime around 1000 BC, but most available evidence suggests otherwise.


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