Unforgettable places of Jordan

Unforgettable places of Jordan

Wadi Rum is an amazing place which is timeless and untouched by civilization. The wind and sun have had such a profound effect on the local landscape over thousands of years that they have created unique cliffs, arches, canyons and wells.

Bethany

More recently, Christians have agreed with the long-held arguments of scholars that the actual site of Christ’s baptism is in Bethany, Jordan. Now this part of the Jordan River is revered by Catholics and Orthodox alike.

Mount Nebo in Jordan

The pride of Jordan, a holy place, a stunning corner of the earth that is recorded in the Book of Books – the Bible, which became the supposed place of death of the prophet Moses, and most importantly the place where God showed him the Promised Land.

Jerash

Ancient Jerash, the second most popular city among tourists, is located in a valley surrounded by wooded hills and fertile valleys. Today it is recognized as one of the best preserved provincial Roman towns in the world.

Petra

First and certainly deservedly among the Jordanian attractions is the legendary Petra, the ancient capital of the Nabataean Kingdom, carved out right into the rocks over 2000 years ago. Petra was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and was chosen as one of the new Seven Wonders of the World.

Citadel of Amman

The Citadel or Fortress Mountain is the “heart” of Amman, the historic core of the city and the main reason to see how Philadelphia (the current capital of Jordan) lived. To visit here means to touch history in the flesh, to feel the rhythm of life counting down the minutes mercilessly.

Umayyad Palace

The Umayyad Palace, once a massive, majestic and, at the same time, quite elegantly designed complex, has partially survived to this day. The blame for this was neither people nor time – the palace chambers pleased the people and pleased their rulers for exactly 30 years.

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Kan Zaman

About 12 km south of Amman, on a hilltop, is Can Zaman, a restored complex of stables, warehouses and accommodation which has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Amman.

Royal Automotive Museum in Amman

A visit to Amman, like any modern Arab capital, would be achingly wistful and incomplete without this museum. After all, to paraphrase our favorite proverb: What Arab doesn’t love a fast ride? And also the polished chrome gadgets on the shiny body of their brand new race car.

Kousseir Amra

The small castle of Kousseir Amrah, 80 km from Amman, looks very modest and a layman may easily pass it by. However, this terracotta building located in the middle of the desert seems unremarkable only at first glance.

Dead Sea (Jordan)

An interesting feature of the eastern part of the Dead Sea is the waves. This is because this is where the Jordan River flows into the Dead Sea, just a few kilometers from the hotel area.

Al Kahaf Cave

An ancient burial site that is equally sacred to Christians and Muslims is the Al-Kahaf Cave, located in the south of Amman. Arab sources date this rocky tomb to the Roman era and refer to it by no other name than the Cave of the Seven Sleeping Adolescents.

The Roman Amphitheater in Amman

The grandeur, scope and power of the Roman amphitheater in Amman are felt in full measure only when you climb to the very top. When you see the dizzying height of 44 rows, accommodating (just think about it!) 6,000 people.

The ruins of Herod the Great’s palace

An hour’s drive along the scenic “Road of Kings” from Madaba is Mukavir, the fortress of Herod the Great. It was here that he ordered the beheading of John the Baptist at Salome’s request, as a reward for the dance she performed.

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The Temple of Hercules in Amman

The Great Temple of Amman, also known as the Temple of Hercules, is a remarkable sanctuary that modern Amman inherited from the Romans, and which, despite earthquakes, hardships and storms, has stood for more than fifteen hundred years. The temple, built in the middle of the second century, was of religious importance in its day.

What else to see in Jordan

Jordan is a kingdom where biblical tales come to life. Recorded in the Old and New Testaments, this land is a treasure trove of historical monuments that are several millennia old. Here, according to the Bible, Jesus was baptized, Moses saw the Promised Land. In Jordan, you can stop time: sit down on the shores of the Red or Dead Sea, breathe in the clean, iodine-scented air and meditate on the eternal. Millions of pilgrims flock to the ancient cities of Jordan to find a place where the air “holds the breath of God”.

Amman and Surroundings

About 30 km from the Jordanian capital Amman lies the ancient city of Madaba, with a thousand years of partially preserved road and building fragments and countless mosaics. Very close to Madaba is another holy biblical site – Mount Nebo, where, according to legend, the prophet Moses saw the Promised Land. This is also where his tomb is located.

The Fortress Mountain (Jebel Al Qalaa) in the center of Amman, where the Temple of Hercules stands next to the white basalt castle of Qasr Al Abd, is famous for its monuments of different eras.

Petra

Not far from Amman is the most iconic attraction of the country, the city of Petra, capital of the ancient Nabataean Kingdom, recently listed as one of the Wonders of the World. It is a city carved into the rock 4,000 years ago at an altitude of 900 meters above sea level. Petra still holds ancient halls and amphitheaters, temples and dwellings, winding cobblestone streets and steep staircases built for people long dead.

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Jerash

No less popular with tourists enjoys the ancient Jerash – one of the Roman cities, which today best preserved its original appearance: however, for this you can “thank” the earthquake, which buried its structures under the sand.

    Petra, a city carved out of a rock The Roman city of Jerash, Jordan A view of a Roman theater in the city of Amman The Wadi Rum desert in Jordan, a UNESCO World Heritage site

Natural attractions

One of the greatest natural landmarks of Jordan is the Wadi Rum Desert. The amazing natural world of sand and stone, faceted cliffs, deep canyons and wells, and graceful arches have all contributed to Wadi Rum becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Jordan also owns one shore of the famous salt lake, in which one hangs in weightlessness, even if one does not know how to swim – the Dead Sea. The water of this wonderful body of water, which lies 400 m below sea level, is rich in many minerals, and the salts it contains give it health-improving properties. At the Dead Sea resorts treat a wide variety of ailments, including diseases of the joints, skin and respiratory organs. Almost all year round the sun shines here, and the air is dry and very clean, saturated with bromine and smelling of salt, filtering ultraviolet rays and making recreation in these places bright, relaxing and life-giving.

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