Jordan Travel Notes 1


by Maggy Taillor
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The first question on everyone's lips will be: what can you see in a little country as Jordan? Well...maybe one of the most fascinating location as Petra or maybe the Dead Sea, to luxury hotels on the shore and the surrounding mountains from which the asphalt is flowing…or should be the Wadi Rum desert, that will leave you stunned, or in the south to Aqaba, you bathe and diving in the Red Sea, to the north where the vegetation begins and you will see the holy places, Jordan River, Mount Nebu, Moses springs, the monastery from Madaba. Going further north and you'll see the best preserved Roman city worldwide, Jerash, a dreamy place, or various Muslims castles as UmQais. The capital Amman is special too because of its strong Muslim ‘’flavor’’ combined with the new trends toward Western and not far away from Amann are the sulfur springs, hot, who always have 50 degrees.

In Jordan you will see perhaps the most interesting place on the globe, namely Petra region, a city conquered by the Romans 4,000 years later. I recommend the Petra Movenpick hotel. Not far is the desert Wadi Rum, which is red, there they made the film "Lawrence, the Prince Desert".

The Jordan River is a strong attraction for Christians, you see where Jesus was baptized. All around, there is an old church in Madaba which proves that Jesus was baptized on the left side of the Jordan. Do not forget falls from Maan & Main.

The territory of Jordan, poor in resources but full of history, it is mentioned since 2000 BC when the Semites settled on the east bank of the Jordan, and the Canaanites to the west. In tumultuous history, the land has been invaded and ruled by the Anatolian one by one, Egyptians, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, Chaldeans, Romans, Arab Muslims, Christian Crusaders, Ottomans and British.

The first objective in Jordan was Jerash, located in the north of Jordan, 48 km north of Amman, Jerash is known for the ruins of the Greco-Roman city -  Gerasa and now is considered one of the most important and best preserved Roman cities in the Middle East. It is also called "Pompeii of the Middle East", although it was never buried by a volcano. Jerash is the second tourist attraction in Jordan after Petra and its ruins were well preserved, excavation and restoration work is done almost continuously since 1920.

Now starts the tour of Jordanian capital, with Amman, one of the oldest cities in the world, has many vestiges and is frequently visited by tourists, being located in a hilly area of north-western Jordan, the city was originally built on seven hills, later extending, has reached nineteen.

Amman hosts some of the largest mosques in the Middle East. The most new is the King Abdullah I Mosque, which was built in the period of 1982-1989, providing a place of prayer for 3000 Muslims. Abu Darweesh Mosque is the most unusual, covered with black and white checkered pattern, being unique in Jordan, visible from a long distance too.

The main tourist attraction in the city is the citadel, known as Jabal al-Qal'at. The Temple of Hercules, built under Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (161-180 AD), is similar to the Temple of Artemis from Ephesus. The forum and the Roman theater - the largest theater in Jordan - with 6,000 seats for spectators, probably built between 138-161 AD, in the side of the hill, is used today for certain sports and cultural events.

Located 48 kilometers from Amman, Jerash is one of the largest and best preserved Roman cities outside Italy and most important ecclesiastical center of the Decapolis. Worth to visit the Adrian's Arch of Triumph, the Hippodrome (which in his time could accommodate 15. 000 people), the Cardo Alley with over 200 Ionic and Doric columns and the Oval Forum or the Amphitheatre.

The road to Petra is surprising; to reach the city of pink stone you must pass through a narrow gorge made of  pink/orange stone, about 3 feet wide and 3 km long. Nature is so fascinating, that in the moment when it arises The Treasury, you remain amazed…suddenly the gorge ends and gives way to a Greek temple in stone. It is the image most impressive of Petra. But Petra is an entire city, a city over 2,000 years old, situated in the mountains, so it’s a long road ahead. The High Place of Sacrifice, is the place where the Nabateans used to make offerings to the gods.

A synthesis of what to visit in Jordan:

- Madaba : called "the city of mosaics " , located 30 km from Amman. It is famous for the church of St. George , which has on the floor a mosaic map , the oldest map that shows Jerusalem , Palestine and sacred realms . The map is made ​​up of more than 2 million pieces
- Aqaba : Red Sea port city , great destination frequented by lovers of scuba -diving, snorkeling.
- Dead Sea : the lowest point on the planet ( - 400 m below sea level ) ; water is so salty it keeps you without moving a finger , is virtually impossible to sink.

- Jerash : the best preserved Roman city by Pompey . It is 50 km north of Amman.

- Kerak & Ajlouni : two castles built by the Crusaders . Kerak is the second largest Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers in the world after Syria, very impressive by location and size.
- Mount Nebo & Baptism Site : on the Jordan river shore Jesus was baptized .
- Wadi Rum : the desert , where you can sleep on the Bedouin tent , have a walk with the camels and by night you will see a lunar landscape, were millions of stars can be seen on the clear sky.
- Petra – a magnificent splendor and beauty of temples carved into the red rock, from entering the Siq , continuing with "The Treasury " and ending with "The Monastery " and "High Place of sacrifice " all breathtaking !

Jordan is a land of dream, is safe for tourists, people are hospitable and is an experience that will mark your life in the most beautiful way. It is worth visiting a country detached from another world, very charming and beautiful!

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What to visit

- Madaba : called "the city of mosaics " , located 30 km from Amman. It is famous for the church of St. George , which has on the floor a mosaic map , the oldest map that shows Jerusalem , Palestine and sacred realms . The map is made ​​up of more than 2 million pieces - Aqaba : Red Sea port city , great destination frequented by lovers of scuba -diving, snorkeling. - Dead Sea : the lowest point on the planet ( - 400 m below sea level ) ; water is so salty it keeps you without moving a finger , is virtually impossible to sink .

- Jerash : the best preserved Roman city by Pompey . It is 50 km north of Amman. - Mount Nebo & Baptism Site : on the Jordan river shore Jesus was baptized . - Wadi Rum : the desert , where you can sleep on the Bedouin tent , have a walk with the camels and by night you will see a lunar landscape, were millions of stars can be seen on the clear sky. - Petra – a magnificent splendor and beauty of temples carved into the red rock, from entering the Siq , continuing with "The Treasury " and ending with "The Monastery " and "High Place of sacrifice " all breathtaking !

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Eat

- hummus, which is a puree of chick peas blended with tahini, lemon, and garlic - Mansaf is a traditional Jordanian dish made of lamb cooked in a sauce of fermented dried yogurt called Jameed and served with rice or bulgur - Malfuf: Rice and minced meat rolled in cabbage leaves

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