The legendary Oprah Winfrey has proclaimed this ancient metropolis a “must-see”

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  • Published on March 21, 2023
  • Last Updated May 15, 2023
  • In People

In just three hours, Oprah and Gayle King were able to see and experience some of the ancient city of Petra in Jordan.

The media mogul appears to be taking ample time off between her duties as an interviewer of royalty, CEO of a media conglomerate, and annual curator of the best entertainment for the rest of us. Although her time in Jordan was brief, Oprah Winfrey nevertheless managed to squeeze in a trip to Petra. She and her longtime friend and collaborator Gayle King visited the Unesco World Heritage Site and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

According to The National News, on Monday, Winfrey posted photos from her visit to Petra, Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the “Rose City.”

“Visited Jordan this week and there was so much to see and experience,” Winfrey wrote in her caption. “We visited the site where John the Baptist baptised Jesus, Petra and all its fascinations, camels, and the spot where the big boulder comes rolling out of Indiana Jones.

Fans and friends of the television icon have already liked the post more than 420,000 times with thousands of comments supporting the gallery.

Winfrey has an amazing photo of herself on a camel in front of The Treasury, and another one where she mimics the camel’s pout. Photos of her and King can be found as well, both of them beaming with delight as they take in the sights.

“It takes [three] days to really see it all,” Winfrey said. “We only spent [three] hours. Put it on your must-see list if you haven’t already!”

King also shared a series of photos, beginning with one of herself reading on the sidewalk. The Dead Sea is a salt lake between Jordan and Israel, and King shared a video of herself taking a mud bath and floating on its surface. In the video, King is seen putting on a mud mask while making fun of Winfrey, who is shown standing under an umbrella and not taking part in the activity.

“As Oprah often tells me we have different ideas of fun … but in the end a great time was had by all,”King said.

Although Winfrey and King certainly saw the highlights of Petra during their three-hour visit, Travel + Leisure says it’s probably best to stay at least one night to witness the ancient Nabatean city illuminated by candlelight under a starry sky. Tourists can do this by signing up for a Petra by Night tour, which operates from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays and costs about $24 per person.


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