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  • 1 Amman Archaeological Museum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    A surprisingly small museum for such impressive collections. Its treasures offer a splendid insight into the nation's historical and cultural diversity from prehistory to Byzantium. Objects are distinguished by influences ranging from Egyptian, throu..

  • 2 Jerash Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Jérash

    Jerash stands on the banks of Wadi Jerash, once known as Chrysorhoas, the "river of gold". On its left bank is the modern town; opposite stand the breathtaking ruins of Gerasa, at its peak in the 3C. The town's main monuments are an immense..

  • 3 Jerash Oval Precinct Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Place ovale JOR - Jérash

    One of the finest creations of Roman architecture, the oval precinct dates from the late 1C or early 2C and is believed to have been a forum. Its rather unorthodox layout serves a dual purpose in accommodating the path of the cardo and providing acce..

  • 4 Canyon of Wadi Mujib Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Ariha

    Adventurous visitors may wish to discover this deep gorge on a rafting trip. The less dynamic can admire it from a roadside viewpoint on the King's Highway. Either way, it is impossible not to be impressed by the white, yellow and red hues of the roc..

  • 5 Petra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Wadi Musa

    Plate tectonics and erosion due to water and sand created this fabulous landscape, which was cannily exploited by the Nabataeans. The illustrious merchants controlling caravan traffic between East and West founded a huge empire that prospered around ..

  • 6 The Siq Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pétra JOR - Wadi Musa

    The main entrance to the ancient city, the Siq is a 1.2km-long narrow defile. Access to it was once spanned by an arch; its vestiges can be seen on either side of the pathway. A canal hewn into the rock runs along it; this channelled water from a spr..

  • 7 The Great Necropolis Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pétra JOR - Wadi Musa

    The most important building of the great necropolis is the Treasury, most likely the mid-1C AD tomb of King Aretas IV, and today the symbol of Petra. Like the other tombs, it is entirely hewn from sandstone, with a façade measuring 40m in height and ..

  • 8 Wadi Rum Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Rum

    Wadi Rum's high cliffs seem to advance in the face of an ocean of sand Its steep rockfaces of wind-burnished ochre sandstone rise among broad sandy plains. Only Bedouin venture into this inhospitable place, their flocks grazing alongside encampments ..

  • 9 Old City of Damascus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Rue Droite SYR - Damas

    Still partially enclosed by its ramparts, the old city of Damascus comprises different quarters and many remarkable buildings. The souks district, at the centre of which stands the Great Umayyad Mosque, teems with life. Nearby, the mainly residential..

  • 10 The Umayyad Mosque (or Great Mosque) Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Religious buildings

    SYR - Damas

    The scale of this mosque, especially that of its prayer hall, and the richness of its decoration is thanks to Caliph Al-Walid I, who had it built in the early 8C in order to endow Damascus (at the time the Umayyad capital) with a place of worship ref..

  • 11 Azem Palace Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    SYR - Damas

    This remarkable 18C palace comprises two distinct parts. On one side is the private area (haremlik), a courtyard embellished by a fountain around which are arranged the family's quarters; the other side is the public area ( salemlik), complete with r..

  • 12 National Museum of Damascus Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    SYR - Damas

    The museum's rich archaeological collections bear magnificent witness to the country's history and culture from Antiquity to the 20C. It has three main sections: pre-Classical or oriental, Classical (Greco-Roman and Byzantine) and Islamic. Each displ..

  • 13 Krak des Chevaliers Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    SYR - Homs

    The castle seems straight out of a history book on the Crusades. Perched on a mountaintop, it is the finest example of a Crusader fortress, built to protect the Latin states of the Near East. Approaching from Homs or Hama, its silhouette may be seen ..

  • 14 Aleppo Citadel Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    SYR - Alep

    Like a volcanic island emerging from the centre of the city, Aleppo's citadel and its ramparts stand atop the ancient tell. The slopes of the hill have a glacis and ditch (today dry), reinforcing the site's natural defences. Access to the fortress is..

  • 15 Souks of Aleppo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    SYR - Alep

    Aleppo's souks are renowned as some of the most bustling in the Near East. Their 12km of passages are lined by thousands of shops, grouped together according to their trades and offering a huge variety of hand-crafted and mass-produced goods. Among t..

  • 16 National Museum of Aleppo Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Museums and art

    SYR - Alep

    A visit here is in effect a pleasant stroll through Syrian history, from the Palaeolithic to the Islamic period. Allow time for numerous pauses before poignant vestiges of ancient civilisations from Mari, Ugarit, Ebla and Tell Halaf. This last site i..

  • 17 Site of Palmyra Highly Recommended Highly Recommended Highly Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    SYR - Palmyre

    Palmyra exudes an aura of legend. The name evokes caravans laden with spices and silk, its ambitious queen Zenobia, and 18C explorers who set out to discover the site. Seventeen centuries after its sack by Aurelian's Roman legions, the city once agai..

  • 18 Roman Theatre of Amman Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Amman

    Central Amman's principal ancient monument, the theatre covers the north flank of Jebel al-Taj, its contours emerging above the top row of seating. It was built in the late 2C. Composed of three blocks of fifteen rows, its cavea accommodated 6 000 sp..

  • 19 National Gallery of Fine Arts Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    Founded in 1980 by the Royal Society of Fine Arts, the national gallery has an inspiring contemporary art collection, one of the best in the Middle East. Note the sombre works of Iraqi Jawdat Hassib, and those by Jordanians Ali Ghul, with silk inlay,..

  • 20 Royal Automobile Museum of Amman Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    JOR - Amman

    Built in honour of car enthusiast King Hussein, the museum recounts the history of Jordan through the prism of the motor cars belonging to its successive monarchs. Its rich collection will delight car buffs. One of the star exhibits is the Lincoln Ca..

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