Petra Myths and Reality

Once the stronghold of the talented Nabataean people Petra is renowned for its massive carved architecture and its ingenious pools, dams and water channels. Over 2000 years later, Petra is one of the Middle East's most significant sites of antiquity.

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Jerash and Umm Qais

Location: located 48 kilometers north of Amman is considered one of the largest and most well-preserved sites of Roman architecture in the world outside Italy. To this day, its colonnaded streets, baths, theaters, plazas and arches remain in exceptional condition.

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Ajloun & Mar Elias Historical value

"On the way I saw a valley running down to the river Jordan, remarkably beautiful and very well kept, and it was full of vines and trees because there was plenty of good water there "  Egeria, 4th century AD

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Wadi Rum - Moon Valley

Wadi Rum : One of the world’s outstanding desert landscapes… situated in the friendly and peaceful nation of Jordan … truly breathtaking scenery and a chance to experience desert life and Bedouin culture, which offers spectacular vistas of towering cliffs and bold rock formations etched by erosion into other-worldly forms.

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Jerash , What’s Different ?

JERASH is one of the three great classical city sites of the Near East. Jerash , however, altogether different from Petra and Palmyra. The grandeur of Jerash is tempered by a charm to which one can relate immediately. Here the gods of antiquity presided benignly over the everyday life of the people, and still one can feel this human measure.

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A discovery trip to Wadi Rum - Marse Valley

Wadi Rum, or Rum Valley is a glorious and unique place located at the southern desert - part of Jordan, and you would reach it after 3-4 hours of driving from Amman via the desert highway, and I usually use to recommend visiting of Wadi Rum as a part of Petra visit for two main reasons:

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Petra and Game Boards

Game Boards :

Throughout Petra and in other Nabataean sites, various board games that are found in ancient Petra ,, the most common ancient board game that was discovered was from a game played on a 4 x 12 playing board. Each of the playing spots was actually a small cup carved into the rock.

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Islamic Sites in Jordan

Prophet Dawud / David

The Prophet Dawud was both a Prophet and King of his people, the Children of Israel. He slew Jalut I Goliath and succeeded Talut I Saul as King. To him God revealed the Psalms, and with him the very hills and the birds sung God's praises.

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High Place Of Sacrifice - (200 Bc 200 Ad) - Back Route Trail

This is one of the most interesting trails in Petra area, in fact; this is my favorite trail. Visiting and exploring historical places on this part of Petra is amazing because every time I’m taking this trail I feel like if I’m the first and the only visitor who is discovering this area because it is very rare  to see someone moving all over the trail ,

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The Mesha Stele (Moabite Stone ) in Madaba

The stele of King Mesha constitutes one of the most important direct accounts of the history of the world that is related in the Bible. The inscription pays tribute to the sovereign, celebrating his great building works and victories over the kingdom of Israel during the reign of Ahab, son of Omri.

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History of Mount Nebo

Mount Nebo is one of Jordan's most important Christian Holy Sites: this is the spot where Moses(or Prophet Musa) is believed to have first seen the Promised Land that he would never entered.

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Secrets of Petra

Petra is a huge place, and you need definitely number of days in order to visit most important sites on Petra  city, and longer time indeed to visit every place on Petra.Some places are not visited at all by the tourists mostly cause of the lake of time on their schedule even these places does worth a trip visit,

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The Archaeology of Umm Qais

Gadara or Umm Qais first appears in the historical records shortly after the conquest of the region by the forces of Alexander the Great in 333 BC. Alexander's successors, the Ptolemies, made the site a frontier or border ­the meaning of the toponym - with their perennial rivals, the Seleucids, who were based in Antioch, north Syria.

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Elijah and Mar Elias

ELI' AH whose name means "my God is YAH (WEH) ," is one of the  greatest Israelite prophets after Moses. He is frequently associated with the area of Transjordan and specifically the mountainous region of Ajloun to the north of the modern capital city of Amman.

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Mshatta Palace (Qaṣr Mshattā)

Mshatta Palace (Qaṣr Al-Mshattā) is an unfinished Islamic palace - Jordan desert . It may have been built by the Khalipha al-Walid II to welcome pilgrims returning from Mecca , passing through Jordan Desert, and it can be visited in a day trip tour from Amman / Day trip .

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Dead Sea - The lowest Sea on earth

HEALTH TOURISM AT THE DEAD SEA

The Dead Sea isn’t a huge tourist attraction, nor is it very lively, but it can hold huge potential to those who have an interest in chemistry or simply unique natural physical and geographic properties

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Jerash, The age of exploration

For centuries the ancient Biblical lands east of the Jordan lay derelict and deserted. In A.D. I 122, the crusader William of Tyre noted that Jerash was reduced to a mass of ruins. A terrible torpor had settled on this almost forgotten land which persisted right up to the beginning of the nineteenth century.

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Little Petra-Baida

Petra is a huge place, and you need definitely number of days in order to visit most important sites on Petra  city, and longer time indeed to visit every place on Petra. Some places are not visited at all by the tourists mostly because of the lake of time on their schedule even these places does worth a trip visit,

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Christian Presence & Byzantine Churches In Jerash

It is not known how and when Christianity first came to Gerasa or Jerash. However, Jerash  sent a bishop to the Council at Seleucia in AD 359. Thus, there would have been Christian presence in the city as early as the latter half of the fourth century.

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Petra Day Trip in a Photo

I had the chance to visit Petra specifically in a Day Trip tens of times (even hundreds of times, but I stopped counting long time ago), also I had the chance to stay in Wadi Mousa city (Petra city) for few days with my guests , and I had the chance as well to see much more than a tourist can see not just in a day trip to Petra, but even more than what tourists can see in several days

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Churches & Mosaics Of Madaba

The modern city of Madaba covers its ancient remains to a large degree. However, remnants of its earliest settlement are preserved in the form of a low-lying mound and an acropolis that is visible in the town's cen­ter. Archaeological work in this area has uncovered architectural remains from the end of the fourth as well as from the first millennium BC.

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Jerash Day Trip in A Photo

This is one of my articles series that I started with few months ago , where I decided to walk along a Day Trip on each of the main sites in Jordan , So I’ve already posted Petra Day Trip in a Photo ,and that article contains hundreds of detailed photos about Petra , and how is going to look in a quick day trip tour,

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Mosaics Of Jordan

The mosaics of Jordan cover the period from the Ist century B.C. to the VIIIth century A.D. Only two mosaic floors, however, have been found from the first four centuries of this period. Furthermore, we have no clearly dated IVth century mosaics and there are few from the early Vth century.

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Byzantine Churches

Among Petra's ancient temples is a Byzantine church dating from the 5th and 6th centuries. Still being excavated, Petra Church contains some extraordinary Byzantine mosaics.The Petra Church is a Byzantine church in the ancient city of Petra, located a few hundred meters off the colonnaded street near the Temple of the Winged Lions.

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