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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (Jerash, Amman, Mount Nebo, Petra)

Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. Its home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C.E. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the "Rose City.

Jerash
A close second to Petra on the list of favourite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came under Roman rule and was one of the ten great Roman cities of the Decapolis League. The city's golden age came under Roman rule, during which time it was known as Gerasa, and the site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best-preserved Roman provincial towns in the world. Hidden for centuries in sand before being excavated and restored over the past 70 years, Jerash reveals a fine example of the grand, formal provincial Roman urbanism that is found throughout the Middle East, comprising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, baths, fountains and city walls pierced by towers and gates.

Amman
Conquest of the Middle East and Central Asia by Alexander the Great firmly consolidated the influence of Hellenistic culture. The Greeks founded new cities in the area of modern-day Jordan, including Umm Qays, Jerash and Amman. Ptolemy II Philadelphus, the Macedonian ruler of Egypt, who occupied and rebuilt the city, named it "Philadelphia", which means "brotherly love" in Greek. The name was given as an adulation to his own nickname, Philadelphus.

Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo is one of the most revered holy sites of Jordan, located 10 km west of the Roman Byzantine town of Madaba, for this is where Moses was buried. The site's association with the last days of Moses is described in moving words in Deuteromony (34:1-7). The episode of Balak and Balam (2:13-26) also took place here.

Petra
Located about 115 miles (185 km) southwest of Amman, Jordan, Petra was an ancient city that was literally carved into red desert cliffs. Its ornate ancient architecture and natural beauty attract people from all over the world. Part of the film "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" was filmed in Petra, bringing it more popular attention.


baker at work
baker at work
Hadrian's Arch -- the entrance gate to the ruins
Hadrian's Arch -- the entrance gate to the ruins
Jerash - Roman Fortress
Jerash - Roman Fortress
Roman Ruins of Jerash
Roman Ruins of Jerash
Jerash - Once the Biggest Roman City outside of Rome
Jerash - Once the Biggest Roman City outside of Rome
Jerash
Jerash
sky rocks!
sky rocks!
footprint of ruins
footprint of ruins
milk thistle on the rocks
milk thistle on the rocks
shelter
shelter
walking into ruins
walking into ruins
rock formation
rock formation
shepherd and his sheep
shepherd and his sheep
beautiful milk thistle flower is a common sight
beautiful milk thistle flower is a common sight
Jerash - Oval Plaza
Jerash - Oval Plaza
Jerash - Once a Fortress
Jerash - Once a Fortress
piper
piper
Jerash - Inside the Roman Theater
Jerash - Inside the Roman Theater
Jerash - Beautiful Ionic columns in the Oval Plaza
Jerash - Beautiful Ionic columns in the Oval Plaza
our guide
our guide
Amman - Roman Theatre
Amman - Roman Theatre
Amman Citadel
Amman Citadel
Temple of Hercules
Temple of Hercules
Inside Temple of Hercules
Inside Temple of Hercules
on top of Mount Nebo
on top of Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo - from Hebron to Lake Tiberias
Mount Nebo - from Hebron to Lake Tiberias
Basilica Of Moses (Memorial Of Moses)
Basilica Of Moses (Memorial Of Moses)
 Madaba Mosaic Map, a huge archeological find
Madaba Mosaic Map, a huge archeological find
Mount Nebo- Glimpse into the Promised Land
Mount Nebo- Glimpse into the Promised Land
Moses would have been amazed by the snaking King's Highway
Moses would have been amazed by the snaking King's Highway
tribal colours
tribal colours
Petra begins here
Petra begins here
one mile to the siq
one mile to the siq
a lone horse greets us
a lone horse greets us
beautiful morning sun
beautiful morning sun
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180A8963.jpg
Petra, Home to the Nabataeans
Petra, Home to the Nabataeans
an alternative to walking a mile
an alternative to walking a mile
very narrow passage
very narrow passage
we chose to walk on a surprisingly cool morning
we chose to walk on a surprisingly cool morning
others disagreed
others disagreed
called 'The Treasury' though no treasures were ever found, except for Indiana Jones
called 'The Treasury' though no treasures were ever found, except for Indiana Jones
Petra, Jordan
Petra, Jordan
camels for hire
camels for hire
Petra, a Stone City
Petra, a Stone City
tombs on the stone wall
tombs on the stone wall
Silverware for Sale
Silverware for Sale
Donkey Ride
Donkey Ride
Donkeys for Hire
Donkeys for Hire
Petra Cafe
Petra Cafe
Inside a Royal Tomb
Inside a Royal Tomb
From Above the Royal Tomb
From Above the Royal Tomb
Royal Tomb of Petra
Royal Tomb of Petra
donkeys for those who tire of walking
donkeys for those who tire of walking
1 of 7 Modern Wonders of the World
1 of 7 Modern Wonders of the World
Here comes Indiana Jones
Here comes Indiana Jones
Petra
Petra
Petra, The Treasury
Petra, The Treasury
Looking back at the Treasury
Looking back at the Treasury
Petra - Al Siq, The Passage
Petra - Al Siq, The Passage
Can you sport the stone elephants?
Can you sport the stone elephants?
Nabatean Soldiers
Nabatean Soldiers
as we leave ....
as we leave ....
Petra Transport Company at your service
Petra Transport Company at your service
Sunset at Dead Sea
Sunset at Dead Sea
camel ride anyone?
camel ride anyone?
Fellow Travellers of Jordan
:: Fellow Travellers of Jordan  ::