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  • 1 South Theatre, Jerash Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Jérash

    Undoubtedly Jerash's most striking monument, the theatre was built in the early 2C. Its cavea is divided into two blocks of tiered seating, 29 rows deep. The seats were numbered, using Greek lettering (still visible at either end of the bottom rows)...

  • 2 Cardo Maximus, Jerash Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Cardo maximus JOR - Jérash

    Heading along the cardo maximus from the oval precinct, visitors encounter the macellum or covered market, the centre of commercial life; then comes the nymphaeum, a monumental public fountain, its water flowing into a huge pool; beyond lies the prop..

  • 3 Temple of Artemis Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Cardo maximus JOR - Jérash

    The temple is dedicated to the city's protector goddess. Huge columns precede the sanctuary (the largest in Jerash), surrounded by a temenos which was enclosed by a portico supported by 36 columns lengthways and 26 columns across. The sacred way adds..

  • 4 Church of St George Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    King Talal St. JOR - Madaba

    The Orthodox church of St George has a unique pavement, discovered during its construction in 1896 on the site of a Byzantine basilica. Originally covering 15.7m by 5.6m, it comprised over 2 million tesserae. Although damaged, the surviving section r..

  • 5 Madaba Archaeological Park Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    Prince Hussein St. JOR - Madaba

    The mosaics on show have been unearthed in the course of excavations here and on surrounding sites. They range in date from the 1C BC (the earliest mosaic found in Jordan) to the 8C and study of their subject matter has identified themes dear to the ..

  • 6 The Dead Sea Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Hammamat Ma'in

    It is from the corniche road to the east or the Dead Sea Panoramic Complex that visitors will get the best views over the Dead Sea's turquoise waters and surrounding salt deposits and arid mountains. Lying 400m below sea level, this body of water has..

  • 7 Kerak Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    JOR - Kérak

    To protect their territories beyond the Jordan, the Crusaders decided to fortify Kerak, enveloping the existing town behind walls in the mid-12C, yet Saladin still conquered the fortress in 1188, as did Baibars in the following century; both changed ..

  • 8 Royal Tombs Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pétra JOR - Wadi Musa

    The royal tombs comprise of a variety of troglodytic and monumental tombs hewn into Jebel al-Khubtha. Among them are the Urn Tomb (with main chamber measuring 300m2), converted into a church by the Byzantines; the Corinthian Tomb, sadly much eroded b..

  • 9 The Red Sea Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Aqaba

    Thanks to the cutting of the Suez Canal, the Red Sea links the Mediterranean to the Indian Ocean. At its northern end, the gulf of Aqaba is Jordan's only access point to the sea. The water temperature ranges between 20 and 30°C depending on the seaso..

  • 10 Folklore Museum, Amman Interesting

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    Pending relocation to the buildings of the new national museum on King Talal St, the museum currently occupies the western section of the ancient theatre. Collections of costumes, culinary utensils, tools, arms, musical instruments... illustrating th..

  • 11 Museum of Popular Tradition, Amman Interesting

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    Like the Folklore Museum, this museum should soon be merged into the new national museum on King Talal St. For the moment, its collections are well presented in the eastern section of the ancient theatre. They are mainly women's costumes and jeweller..

  • 12 Amman Citadel Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    JOR - Amman

    Opposite the Roman theatre stood the citadel, or Jebel al-Qalaal, which throughout the first millennium AD kept watch from behind its ramparts over the population of Philadelphia (the city's name at that time). Of this fortified city, there remain ve..

  • 13 Palace Complex Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Amman

    The remains of this huge Umayyad palace complex include vestiges of a vast entrance hall, baths, a cistern and a colonnade lined by thirteen columns, allowing the visitor to imagine it at its height in the 8C, when it stood along with lodging and adm..

  • 14 King Hussein Memorial Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Amman

    Situated on the outskirts of Amman, on the main Jordanian road linking Irbid to Aqaba, this vast park is a verdant haven of peace. Planted with hundreds of pines, it is popular on Fridays among families from the capital. From its highest point, there..

  • 15 Qalaat al-Rabadh Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    JOR - Ajlun

    This castle is a rare example of Muslim defensive architecture in Jordan. Built around 1184 by a cousin of Saladin (Izz al-Din Ousama), it stood against the Crusaders, whose nearest outpost was at Belvoir on the other side of the Jourdain. Extended 3..

  • 16 Basilica, Site of Umm Qais (Gadara) Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Umm Qais

    Probably once covered by a dome, the basilica's central octagon is distinguished by eight basalt Corinthian columns, contrasting with the atrium's milky-white column shafts. This layout pins down construction to the 5C-6C. On a hillside site, its alt..

  • 17 Qasr al-Kharaneh Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    JOR - El Muwaqqar

    Built by the Umayyad caliphs in the 8C, Qasr al-Kharaneh appears lost in the Jordanian desert. Its rather austere quadrangular construction has a fortress-like appearance from the outside; its only apertures are loopholes and an entrance protected by..

  • 18 Umm al-Jimal Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Al Ba'ij

    Umm al-Jimal's remains lie in the Hauran, close to Bosra in Syria, and have yielded much detail on Roman and Byzantine town planning. Around 130 houses have been identified among the ruins. Arranged around three sides of a courtyard, note their two-s..

  • 19 Church of Sts Lot and Procopius Interesting

    Religious buildings

    JOR - Madaba

    Standing on the site of the biblical town of Nebo (remains of a tell behind the church), the rectangular church has a vast 6C mosaic. The altar pavement has two lambs flanking a tree. In the nave, a lower register depicts pastoral and hunting scenes ..

  • 20 Site of Bethany Interesting

    Religious buildings

    JOR - Kafrein

    In 1997, archaeologists discovered three churches, two wells and three cisterns, definitively locating the village of Bethany "beyond the Jordan where John baptised" (John 1: 28). The main feature of the site is a hill called Tell Mar Elias..

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