The largest and most magnificent of Jordan’s desert landscapes, this is a stupendous, timeless place, virtually untouched by humans. A maze of monolithic rockscapes rise up form the desert floor creating a natural challenge for serious mountaineers. Hikers can enjoy the tranquilliy of the boundless empty space, explore the canyons and water holes to discover […]
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Umm-Ar-Rasas (ancient Mayphaath) is listed as one of the places on the Moab plateau. Eusebius in his geographical dictionary lists a Roman military camp in Mayfa’a (early Umm Ar-Rasas) as the village whose inhabitants killed Zayd ibn Amr, a pre-Islamic monotheist, on his way to Mecca to convert to Islam. The Romans fortified it and […]
Often described as the eighth wonder of the ancient world, it is without doubt that Jordan’s most valuable treasure and greatest tourist attraction is a vast, unique city, carved into the sheer rock more than 2000 years ago, turning it into an important junction for the silk, spice, and other trade routes that linked China, […]
It is the place where Moses was buried and the most revered holy site in Jordan. When atop this mountain, one can see, as Moses did, the vast panorama that encompasses the Jordan River Valley, the Dead SEa, Jericho, and Jerusalem, often referred to as the Holy Land. It remains a place of pilgrimage for […]
Madaba is known as the “City of Mosaics” because of its spectacular display of Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics. It is home to the famous 6th century Mosaic Map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of vividly colored local stone, it depicts hills, valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile […]
Is part of the Great Rift Valley that runs from Turkey to east Africa formed millions of years ago. The Dead Sea originally stretched the entire 360km from Aqaba in the south to Lake Tiverius in the north. The therapeutic water, combined with the valley’s fertile land have attracted people since the Stone Age.
The city of Jerash boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6500 years. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities, the Decapolis League. The city’s golden age came under Roman rule, and now the city is generally […]
As an ancient town, AS-Salt was one of the most important settlements in the area between the Jordan Valley and the eastern desert. Because of its history as an important trading link between the eastern desert and the west, it was a significant place for the region’s many rulers. The Romans, Byzantines and Mamlukes all […]
Famed for its preserved coral reefs and unique sea life, this Red Sea port was in ancient times, the main port for shipments from the Red Sea to the Far East. From as far back as 5000 years ago, Aqaba has played an important role in the economy of the region. It was a prime […]
Amman, the capital of Jordan, is a fascinating city of contrasts - a unique blend of old and new, ideally situated on a hilly area between the desert and the fertile Jordan Valley. In the commercial heart of the city, ultra-modern buildings, hotels, restaurants, art galleries, and boutiques rub shoulders comfortably with traditional coffee shops […]