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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 Info[]

City must be built on or next to desert.

Strategy[]

Petra is one of the most powerful, but restricted Wonders in the game. Besides enhancing early trading, its main bonus can turn a desert into a veritable 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. Even if few or no tiles can benefit, the extra trade route is more than worth the cost. One problem might be that the city next to the desert doesn't have good Production Production capabilities; if so, you will really have to juggle your 20xPopulation5.png Citizens to make the most of the limited resources available to you and, if possible, establish an internal trade route for extra resources.

This Wonder is perfect in areas with a large amount of desert hills, as the bonus applies on top of the 2 Production 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. And naturally, any tiles with resources on them will benefit greatly as well!

Morocco and Arabia are the only civilizations that have a desert start bias, and are likely to get this wonder. A diplomacy-minded Arabia should get this wonder; a war-minded Arabia (with its Camel Archers) might prioritize mobilization instead. Morocco definitely should get Petra, as the effect stacks well with Kasbahs.

Civilopedia entry[]

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.

Trivia[]

  • Contrary to what Petra's Civilopedia entry states, most available evidence suggests that it was built around 300 BC.

Gallery[]

Civilization V Wonders [edit]
World Wonders

Alhambra GodsKings5 clear.pngAngkor WatBig BenBorobudur BNW-only.pngBrandenburg GateBroadway BNW-only.pngCN Tower GodsKings5 clear.pngChichen ItzaColossusCristo RedentorEiffel TowerForbidden PalaceGlobe Theatre BNW-only.pngGreat Firewall GodsKings5 clear.pngGreat LibraryGreat LighthouseGreat Mosque of Djenne GodsKings5 clear.pngGreat WallHagia SophiaHanging GardensHimeji CastleHubble Space Telescope GodsKings5 clear.pngInternational Space Station BNW-only.pngKremlinLeaning Tower of Pisa GodsKings5 clear.pngLouvreMachu PicchuMausoleum of Halicarnassus1Neuschwanstein GodsKings5 clear.pngNotre DameOracleParthenon BNW-only.pngPentagonPetra GodsKings5 clear.pngPorcelain TowerProra BNW-only.pngPyramidsRed Fort BNW-only.pngSistine ChapelStatue of LibertyStatue of Zeus1StonehengeSydney Opera HouseTaj MahalTemple of Artemis1Terracotta Army GodsKings5 clear.pngUffizi BNW-only.pngUnited Nations

National Wonders

Circus MaximusEast India Company BNW-only.pngGrand Temple GodsKings5 clear.pngHermitageHeroic EpicIronworksNational CollegeNational EpicNational Intelligence Agency GodsKings5 clear.pngNational TreasuryNational Visitor Center BNW-only.pngOxford UniversityPalace

Natural Wonders

Barringer CraterCerro de Potosi1El Dorado1Fountain of Youth1Grand MesaGreat Barrier ReefKing Solomon's Mines BNW-only.pngKrakatoaLake Victoria BNW-only.pngMt. FujiMt. Kailash GodsKings5 clear.pngMt. Kilimanjaro BNW-only.pngMt. Sinai GodsKings5 clear.pngOld FaithfulRock of GibraltarSri Pada GodsKings5 clear.pngUluru GodsKings5 clear.png

1 Requires a DLC

GodsKings5 clear.png Valid only in the Gods & Kings expansion pack.
BNW-only.png Valid only in the Brave New World expansion pack.

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