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  • 1 Church of the Holy Apostles of Madaba Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Al-Nuzha St.

    This 6C church stands at a junction on the King's Highway. Inside a modern structure are mosaics relocated from nearby, and a large in situ pavement, its central medallion representing a personification of the sea ( thalassa), a female figure emergin..

  • 2 Mount Nebo Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    From a height of some 800m, Mt Nebo looks out over the Rift Valley, a geological fracture caused by the meeting of tectonic plates and through which the Jordan flows. But above all, the site owes its renown to Biblical history: it is at the top of th..

  • 3 Church of Sts Lot and Procopius Interesting

    Religious buildings

    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 ..

  • 4 Memorial of Moses Interesting

    Religious buildings

    Mont Nébo

    On this site, believed to be the place where Moses died, a church was first built in the 4C. It became a baptistery and in the 6C a basilica which incorporated the earlier structures. Among the remains which can be seen today (where Mass is still cel..

  • 5 Site of Bethany Interesting

    Religious buildings

    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..

  • 6 Umm er-Rassas Interesting

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Umm ar-Rasas is the home of mosaic masterpieces, some of which are remarkably well preserved, and which cover the floors of several churches. They date from the Byzantine Empire and the early days of the Islamic period. The finest of the mosaics, in ..

  • 7 Shawbak Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Shawbak was the first Crusader structure built beyond the Jordan. It was named Montréal (Mount Royal) in memory of King Baldwin I, who began its construction in 1115. After Saladin's victory at Hattin, it withstood a siege for a year and a half befor..

  • 8 Marine Science Station Aquarium, Aqaba Interesting

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    The centre's primary role is research and protection of the coral reef. Its aquarium is open to the public; divers and swimmers come here to identify the array of species seen below the waves. All visitors will get an idea of the diversity of the Red..

  • 9 Aqaba South Beach Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    Twelve kilometres from Aqaba there unfurls a huge sandy beach strewn with coral detached from the reefs offshore. At the end of the week, locals come here in droves for family picnics, and the friendly atmosphere that quickly takes over the beach mak..

  • 10 Araba Valley Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    This long corridor linking the Dead Sea to the Red Sea is not technically speaking a valley. Its uneven topography, highest near Gharandal (200m below sea level) before dropping to the Dead Sea (408m below sea level), would not allow a river to flow ..

  • 11 Al-Husseini Mosque

    Religious buildings

    This mosque (not open to non-Muslim visitors) can be identified by its two slender minarets. In the Ottoman style, albeit reconstructed in 1924 on the site of an ancient sanctuary, it is the holiest site in the city. Around noon on Friday, when the w..

  • Visitors to the site should not miss this small museum located in an old Ottoman residence, Bayt Russan, with black and white seating and a pretty garden planted with pomegranates. At the entrance is a statue with superb drapery (probably representin..

  • 13 Jordan Valley

    Nature and gardens

    Of political, economic and social importance, the Jordan flows from Lebanon's Mount Hermon to the Dead Sea, and marks Jordan's post-1967 western frontier with Israel. The scarcity of water in this arid region meakes the river a rare source of drinkin..

  • 14 Pella

    Archaeological and historical sites

    The site's history goes back a million years. Stone Age hunters, Copper Age settlers, citizens of an Iron Age town that traded with Egypt and Cyprus, Greeks, Romans and Byzantines, all have capitalised upon Pella's resources: reliable springs, commun..

  • 15 Shaumari Reserve

    Nature and gardens

    From the top of its observation tower, visitors can admire the reserve's variety of species. The Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature established it with a view to reintroducing species lost from the Jordanian desert. The white-coated Arabian..

  • 16 Qasr Azraq

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    The ruins of Azraq Castle bear witness to 2 000 years of history. The fort was probably built in the 3C on the site of an earlier structure and remained in use until the early 20C. Access to the inner courtyard is through a fine entrance bastion, top..

  • 17 Lot's Monastery

    Religious buildings

    The monastery is said to stand on the site where Lot and his daughters sought refuge after God's destruction of Sodom. The Bible describes the cataclysm which befell the city - located on the Israeli shore - and its neighbour Gomorrah in the 19C BC, ..

  • 18 Lower City of Petra

    Archaeological and historical sites


    Petra's lower city, which you access via the narrow gorge of the Siq, is gradually being revived thanks to the efforts of archaeologists. Visitors should imagine a Hellenistic-style settlement with markets, baths, temples and villas. The Nabataeans d..

  • 19 3C Roman Church of Aqaba

    Religious buildings

    Al-Istiklal St.

    Recent archaeological work has revealed traces of the earliest church yet found. This Roman church dates from the late 3C, predating those of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and the Nativity in Bethlehem (both are 4C). The site, which also has vestig..

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