In ancient 2011, my wife and I visited Jordan with Visit Jordan onto a private media trip. We had 12 days that are amazing to find this nation to bring you this list of the 15 places you need to visit in Jordan.
It’s an Arab Nation Situated between Israel, Iraq, Syria and Saudi Arabia and Is Now among the most Innovative of the Middle Eastern countries.
It’s ruled by King Abdullah II that took the title.
Most Jordanians are Sunni Muslims with around 40 percent having Bedouin legacy, whose a nomadic lifestyle lived in tents whilst visiting the towns to market crafts, and climbing livestock. Additionally, there are lots of other cultures in the region and the planet incorporating their own character.
Jordan is big, only around miles with around half being desert. There are three terrain kinds — the Jordan Valley, the Mountain Heights Plateau and the Badia Region. The very fertile region is that the Jordan Valley, the west of the nation where the Jordan River meets the Sea and is the place of the seaport, Aqaba. While the Badia Region is your desert region the Mountain Heights Plateau is the most populated region including the cities of Amman and Jerash.
Amman is among the oldest inhabited cities in the entire world and also the capital of Jordan. Folks arrive back there in 8500 BC times and later cultures like the Assyrians, Persians, Macedonians and the Romans occupied it. The city is among the very liberal in the Middle East boasting a modern infrastructure and a thriving tourism market, today. This makes it a wonderful spot once you arrive in Jordan to stick around for a day or 2.
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For culture lovers, it is possible to observe that the Roman Citadel and Theatre as well as the Al-Husseini Mosque. The city is also ideal for shopping with heaps of big shopping malls as well as markets. The Gold Souq is your ideal spot to gilded, fine and jewellery. Because of its central location, the city is an excellent foundation to distribute and explore other elements of Jordan.
Azraq is a small town around a hour’s drive into the east from Amman , along Road 30. This is a most important oasis town that was an important stopping place for caravans, the Azraq Wetland Reserve. But the wetlands dried up in the 1990s and the authorities were compelled to fill it to save its industries and the town.
Alas, the loss of pure water resulted in a negative effect on the native bird and animal inhabitants. A 12-square kilometer protection zone was created to combat this. Visitors can hike the trails along and also stay in the Azraq Lodge.
The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature is entrusted with Saving the wetlands.
Stop by RSCN for more information about visiting with the Azraq Wetland Reserve. To remain in the Azraq Lodge, Speak to the RSCN directly at firstname.lastname@example.org (Tel +962 5 383 5017)
Additionally, there are two castles in the town, Qusayr’Amra, an Word UNESCO Heritage site that was built by Caliph Walid I as a bathhouse and also the black Qasr al-Azraq, a 13th century black basalt rock castle. The first is an excellent spot to see the terrace of the steam room with its awesome map of the skies as well as frescoes featuring wild animals and individuals. The Romans built the next and restored from the Mamelukes. It was utilized by Lawrence of Arabia during the Great Arab Revolt as a fortress.
Jerash is north of Amman by around an hour on Road 35 and Is Now the location of the Roman ruins in the Middle East, the Town of Gerasa.
People have lived in the region because the Bronze Age as well as it was seized by the Romans . Before being destroyed in an earthquake in 749 AD it became a flourishing trade centre and endured the Persian invasion.
This is one of my favourite Roman settlements as it is an impressive, big site, to visit. There’s a central squarefoot, Theatre as well as also the columns across Cardo Maximus which are a prime photography prospect.
There’s also a display and also the re-enactments lets visitors see the scene of Roman legions. Don’t neglect to have just a little money as in the event that you ask celebrities to pose for photographs, they’ll expect just a tip.
Baptism Site of Jesus Christ
Ajloun is 20 kilometers west of Jerash great to do on a combined trip. This small, hilly town has a mixed Christian and Muslim people and its principal attraction is that the Ajloun Castle that sits on the mountain over it. It had been constructed to safeguard against Crusader attacks and to look after the trading routes with Syria that passed by as well as the iron mines in the region.
The castle fell out of usage in the 13th century and has been transformed into an administrative center from the King of Aleppo and Damascus, Yousef ibn Ayoub. The Ottomans used it to keep crops and property troops.
The castle has been damaged by earthquakes in 1927 and also 1837 but it now being rebuilt under an initiative from the Department of Antiquities. Around 70 percent is intact and there are some cannon balls whether the view out of the castle is definitely 24, to see.
Travel 25 minutes west of Amman and you will discover the town of Salt. The town became an important Byzantine settlement before rebuilt from the Mamelukes and being ravaged by Mongols and was said to have been founded by Alexander the Great. It turned out to be also the capital of this independent Transjordan and a key Ottoman center before the Amman was selected in its place.
The town is excellent for a day trip, walking around and appreciating the architecture. There are a lot such as minarets and windows. It’s also thought to be the position of Jethro and Job, father in law of Moses.
Even the Department of Antiquities Museum is well worth visiting as there is pottery as well as mosaics and tons of photos. There’s also a museum in the Salt Cultural Centre alongside a school instruction silkscreen weaving and painting.
Petra also is a historical city that’s referred to as the City due to the sandstone round its color and sits to the slopes of Mount Hor. The city was built in the 6th century BC as the capital of the Nabataean individuals and comprised a sophisticated water control system and a synthetic oasis. It fell to the Romans in 106 AD when stories inform that the water has been poisoned.
There are still plenty of sights from other periods to see such as the church and the ruins. An earthquake in 363 AD crippled the famed water strategy and much of the carvings of this city weren’t discovered until 1812 when it was discovered by a explorer. Since that time, it has been featured on several movies such as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Arabian Nights and has been declared a World Heritage Site.
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We would recommend that you do the same and hired a respectable tour guide to take us. Most of the guides can meet with you in the ticket office to help you through the city’s temples and structures. It costs around 50 JD a individual, so is a little expensive but is worth it. Turn up early the site gets very crowded and very warm, since during the day plus the time is important to everything in.
Don’t neglect if you get any memorabilia or to take extra money. The Bedouins operate much in the playground and prefer cash, though a hint of 2 or 1 JD will be fine. Remember to bring great walking shoes that are sand-proof and a hat!
On the north of Petra is Al Beidha or Little Petra.
Five miles off, this can be a more compact version of the splendor of Petra and is a day trip when visiting the city. It is believed to have been a suburb of both Petra and has been an important center for the Nabataeans.
A trip to Little Petra enables you to admire the beautiful countryside around it and also the views over Petra itself during the trip. A Neolithic village is called Beidha which is well worth checking, but not as inspiring as some seen elsewhere. There are a number of impressive regal tombs and a water purification method that imitates the one utilized in Petra as well as more of these buildings that are magnificent.
Karak is a former crusader stronghold that’s one and a half an hour north of Petra. It sits on a triangular plateau with valleys all around and glimpses of the Dead Sea . The region has a lot of history and has been occupied since about 1200 BC. As Qer Harreseth then was defeated by the Romans in 105AD it had been known in the Bible. Afterwards it came under Christian rule where it housed Nazareth’s Church and was part of the Empire.
Karak Castle was inserted in 1142. It controlled Bedouin herders and trade routes and has been renovated as every group took charge of it features Crusader Arab era, European and Byzantine elements. It’s the size but lacks the sophistication of a few of the castles. There is an Archaeological Museum within the castle. A visit to Karak is not complete without trying the local lamb dish, known as’mensaf’ which is made with fermented yoghurt and also served with rice.
Aqaba is Jordan’s only seaport and can be far into the country’s south east. The city was known in the Bible as Ezion-Geber and was later portion of the Roman job and then important during the era. Creation of the city of Ayla started but failed — there are ruins to visit which are all of the stays of the undertaking. Ayla was renowned as one of the ports visited during the Arabian Nights stories by Sinbad.
At the 16th century, the town fell to the Ottoman Empire and watched a span of diminished. World War I watched it revive and return to an important seaport. During the Arab Revolt, forces led by T.E Lawrence and Sharif Hussein outed that the Ottomans and the city became a part of Jordan.
The city is a thriving university city with six within its borders, such as the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts, providing the masters of fine arts program in North Africa and the Middle East. It also boasts the third biggest free standing flagpole in the world, that the Aqaba Flagpole, built in honor of the Arab Revolt.
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Aqaba now received all of the nation’s imports and also has been a center for exports such as phosphate and cubes. The coral reefs are all really worth visiting and there are tons of water sport. The town has.
Wadi Rum is also referred to as the Valley of the Moon and is around an hour to the south east of Aqaba that appears similar to the Moon’s outside than anyplace else on Earth. The desert has been occupied since ancient times and is surrounded with granite hills. Pictograms and petroglyphs could be viewed on the rocks dating back. It has been utilized for films including Lawrence of Arabia and Transformers; Revenge of the Fallen. It even doubled for Mars.
The place is home to the Zalabia Bedouin who make a business today. Visitors arrive in the Tourist Centre using its pavilion that is own welcome and then head out to tour the exact location. Watch for the Seven Pillars rock formation, a hill with seven heavy ridges. An 4×4 vehicle with a guide is the ideal way to see all the region, including the orange sand dunes together with their weirdly shaped stones.
Part of this tour includes stopping in the Bedouin tents where you souvenirs could purchase tea or have a camel ride. Watch for the breaking of the head of Lawrence of Arabia — guides may frequently require you near enough to shoot photos.
The Bedouin are masters in the tourism business and welcome, friendly and happy to share their culture which makes the visit a specific one. On returning to the pavilion, we ate in the restaurant which serves traditional Jordanian cuisine lamb with rice and kebabs, like fried fish.
I would advise that you book your guide beforehand to make sure you don’t overlook. Some guides make sure you see the best of this area and will help bargain on prices for you. You can even arrange to remain in their camp to have the Bedouin culture, dishes included. Prices are around 25-30 JD per individual with this.
The Dead Sea is among the most famous attractions in Jordan and sits on the Boundary with the West Bank and Israel.
It is a saltwater lake rather than a sea is at 1388 feet below sea level, is the lowest point of elevation over the Earth’s surface as well as the deepest lake of its own kind.
The salt content has been around 33 percent or nine times more salty than most oceans and this also stops the development of any kinds of existence, thus its name. However, an abundance of life promote .
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For many years, the healing properties of these oceans are well known and brought travelers such as King Herod the Great who came in the 1st century BC. The elevated atmospheric pressure and nutrient rich mud as well as the salts and also UC light levels that are lower all help with the absence of contaminates and allergens and a variety of conditions make it a sanctuary for victims. Minerals in the sea used and are exported for centuries, such as to mummies and as fertilizer.
There are Testimonials to the Individuals Who Dwelt around the Dead Sea.
The library of scrolls known as the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in numbering several 900 texts the region in 1947 and the subject of spiritual debate as.
At the Dead Sea is reached by highway 90 and in 1289 feet below sea level, it is the road on earth. The lake has been receding in recent years as water has been diverted from the River Jordan. Although its success is still uncertain, A program has been instituted also to revive the waters and to prevent this.
Ma’in provides a luxurious experience for all visitors and is one of the oldest baths. A string of waterfalls are 264 meters below sea level and feeds the hot springs. The oceans sit at around 110 degree Fahrenheit.
One of the most idyllic spots is Your Evason Ma’in Hot Springs Resort.
Tucked away along a road, this area has 94 rooms and suits as well as two tasteful suites and a honeymoon suite with views of the waterfalls and canyons. The hotel is also well equipped with their Six Senses Spa, library, pubs and restaurants and, of course, a gym. You are able to opt for an updated experience with the spa that provides signature treatments from trained employees and is an excellent contrast to the steamy hot springs.
The food in the hotel was quite impressive with a la carte and also buffet-style menus available. The employees are extremely prepared to help and individuals with eating demands allergies or simply a specific taste in food will probably find something to relish.
Away from the hotel and resort, the area is a good place for bird watching meaning there are loads of wildlife photography opportunities.
Madaba is around an hour on the east and is known as the’Sidewalks Town’ of Jordan.
There are dozens of mosaics to be observed. The city itself is older, initially a Moabite border town referenced in the Bible and famous for its rich farmland. This invited others to try and take over town, such as Israelites and also the Ammonites.
The Romans arrived in 106 AD and a cultural revival was seen by the city. This continued beneath the Victorian Era and there has been a great deal of construction work undertaken including elaborate buildings and churches.
The best of them is that the Madaba Mosaic Map in the Saint George Greek Orthodox Church — it features more than two million hands cut stone and is this Land’s oldest map. It covered the floor but only part of it stinks. Other mosaics include in the Church of the Virgin and the Apostles and the Archaeological Museum.
Another spring is close to the city and that is absolutely worth a visit as you are in the region. To get a meal, I would recommend dining in Haret Jdoudna.
Mount Nebo is in the west of Jordan and also it is connected to the Bible as it was here that Moses was said to have seen that the Holy Land for the first time and later to have been buried by God himself.
“And Moses went up in the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho.”
Jeremiah can be linked to Mount Nebo; he is thought to have hidden Covenant’s Ark and the tabernacle in a cave in this mountain.
“It was likewise in the writing the Maya [Jeremiah], having received an oracle, ordered that the tent and ark should follow with him, and that he went out into the mountain where Moses had gone up and had seen the inheritance of God. And Jeremiah came and found a cave, and he brought there the tent and the ark and the altar of incense, and he sealed up the entry…”
The maximum stage is called Syagha and traffic here can observe the remains of a 4th century church commemorating Moses. There’s also an amazing view of this Holy Land in the place as well as the River Jordan and up to Jericho and Jerusalem . The Serpentine Cross Sculpture symbolizing the bronze serpent and could be viewed from the ruins of this church, the creation of Italian sculptor Giovanni Fantoni.
“They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom.
But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said,”Why have you brought us out from Egypt to die in the wilderness? There’s absolutely no bread! There’s absolutely no water! And we detest this miserable food!”
Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said,”We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you personally. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the public.
The Lord said to Moses,”Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who’s bitten can look at it and live.” So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived.”
“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him.”
The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ is considered one of the three sites for Christians alongside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and is found on the bank of the River Jordan.
Each marks an important milestone in the life of Jesus Christ with the Baptism Website also being known as’Bethany beyond the Jordan’. It was thought to be the place where Elijah was transportation to heaven and also where the Israelites first spanned into the Promised Land.
The site is an important one for believers and non-believers as there are five churches in conditions to commemorate the events which took place there. Many prominent Christian leaders such as Pope John Paul II in March 2000 have seen it. It’s a secure area with all faiths under the National Jordanian Park committee welcome to go to.
The site is open from 8am till 6pm and from 8am to 4pm daily in winter months. The entrance fee is 12 JD which is paid in the ticket office. It’s possible to rent an audio guide of this site here in order to provide you more information. The walking distance covered is around 2 km and there is specific transportation available for people.
Jordan may not be among the countries but it delivers a number of places to go to that means there is something for each taste. The cities each have a special personality and offer the ideal mix of conveniences and historic locations. The sites incorporate historic significance scenery importance and the opportunity to increase your wellbeing.
These are only 15 places you must visit to supply you with a glimpse in the wonders of the nation. Since they are rather close together, many could be combined during a holiday and there are other spots that you may end up not able to withstand during a visit.
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