When writing about Jordan Tourism, for me it’s easier to see it from the Israel point of view, since I live in Israel. It is known that a big chunk of the visits to Jordan come from tourists visiting Israel the Holy Land and then crossing for a visit to our neighbor.
Once in Israel and specifically in Eilat the natural thing is taking some tour to Jordan. The neighboring Kingdom of Jordan has a Peace Agreement with Israel since 1994 when Yitzhak Rabin and King Hussein signed the historic agreement on the Arava valley between the two countries.
The ruins of Jerash one of the Roman Decapolis
Jerash Jordan is located 48 Km north of Amman, the capital, near the border with Israel and Syria. Nestled in a a valley on the Mountains of Gilead it shows the grandeur of the Roman Empire and is today one of the best kept and preserved ruins of the era.
Archaeologists have found confirmation of people living in the area for more than 6,500 years. The real history of the city once called Gerasa comes from the Greco-Roman times and has been changed with times by Arab and, Circassians.
The modern city of Amman the Capital of the Kingdom of Jordan
Amman, the Capital of Jordan
Amman, the capital of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts. Its population is about three millions. It is a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley.
Due to its prosperity and good weather more than half of Jordan’s population concentrates in Amman. The residential neighborhoods are elegant and clean with beautiful tree-lined avenues and white stone buildings.
The downtown area is traditional to any Arab big city. Full of small stores selling anything that comes to mind. It is a great place for Jordan Tourism.
His Sanctity Pope John Paul II on Mount Nebo viewing the Holy Land
This is a 1,000 meters high mountain located northwest of Madaba opposite the north end of the Dead Sea facing Israel. According to ancient tradition this is the site where Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.
To this day nobody knows where his last resting place is, although tradition points to Mount Nebo, that is an important Pilgrims site.
Byzantine Mosaic of Jerusalem and the Holy Land in Madaba Jordan
Madaba Jordan is also called the City of Mosaics. It is busy town with a normal life. Its claim to fame is the Byzantine mosaics that abound in the city. Many of the excavated mosaics are on display on the town’s museum and it is thought that many more are hidden underground waiting to be discovered.
Inside the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George is in exhibit a Sixth century Byzantine mosaic map showing the entire region from Jordan and the Land of Israel on the north to Egypt on the south.
The map includes a map of Jerusalem clearly depicting the Holy Sepulchre and a legend that says “Holy City of Jerusalem”.
The Treasure in Petra in Jordan
Petra Jordan a Wonder of the World
In our virtual tour of the Kingdom of Jordan we finally arrive to Petra, a former Nabataean city that shows what humans can do in cooperation with Mother Nature. Although much has been written about Petra, nothing really prepares you for this amazing place. It has to be seen to be believed.
Petra the world wonder, is without doubt Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction. It is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock face by the Nabataean, an industrious Arab people who settled here more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice and other trade routes that linked China, India and southern Arabia with Egypt, Syria, Greece and Rome. We provide a full description and history of Petra Jordan in our Petra Page.
Aqaba on the Red Sea
Aqaba, Eilat’s twin city on the shores of the Red Sea. This a touristic town with all that tourists may expect from a Riviera town next to beautiful clear waters and surrounded by awe inspiring mountains.
Map of Jordan and its neighboring countries
images for jordan tourismjerash by berthold werner
madaba mosaic by tom neys
petra by ad deirall courtesy of wikimedia commons
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