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  • 1 Site of Umm Qais Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Umm Qais

    Umm Qais stands on the site of the ancient town of Gadara; built in the fertile Yarmouk Valley, it formed part of the Decapolis, a political and economic union of ten Hellenistic towns which flourished thanks to developments in agriculture. Gadara is..

  • 2 West Theatre, Site of Umm Qais (Gadara) Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    JOR - Umm Qais

    The best preserved of Gadara's three examples, the west theatre retains a large section of its three seating blocks. The poor state of the top rows reveals how the seating was supported on the vaulted galleries below. Note the fine seats of honour he..

  • 3 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)...

  • 4 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..

  • 5 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..

  • 6 Qusayr Amra Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    JOR - Azraq ed Duruz

    All that remains of Qusayr (or Qasr) Amra is its hammam and noria. But what a hammam! Built for the Umayyad caliph Al-Walid I in the 8C, it retains its painted décor on the walls and ceilings of several rooms, extraordinary and magnificent vestiges o..

  • 7 Azraq Wetland Reserve Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Azraq

    The reserve's marshland and expanses of water are an important haven for migratory birds. From February to April and October to December, around 300 species pass through here, and it is during these periods that a visit is most interesting. Sadly, th..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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 ..

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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 ..

  • 12 Canyon of Wadi Hasa Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Mouta

    Larger and more open than Wadi Mujib, the canyon of Wadi Hasa was the frontier between the lands of Moab and Edom to the south. Its gentler more exposed slopes are planted here and there with olives. Farmers access their terraces, small verdant pocke..

  • 13 Dana Reserve Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Dana

    To save Dana from abandonment, the Royal Society for the Conservation of Nature has restored and modernised this village overlooking the canyon of Wadi Fidan, created a nature reserve in its environs and revitalised the local economy, without impacti..

  • 14 Ascent to the Deir Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pétra JOR - Wadi Musa

    Heading up to the Deir ("monastery") is worthwhile not just to see the monument but also to enjoy the exceptional panorama from the summit over the Araba Valley. Similar to the Treasury, the Deir is distinguished by its more sober décor and..

  • 15 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..

  • 16 Jebel al-Madhbah Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    Pétra JOR - Wadi Musa

    A 3hr walk leads to numerous Nabataean monuments - obelisks, fountains, triclinium, tombs... but most importantly to the principal high place of Petra, sited at the top of the hill. It was here, in the open air, that religious ceremonies and sacrific..

  • 17 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..

  • 18 Aqaba Marine Park Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    JOR - Aqaba

    The park was established in 2004 to protect the extraordinary underwater life of the south coast. It runs for 7km, from the Marine Science Centre aquarium to the Royal Diving Club, and has around 20 dive sites. The most famous are the wreck of the Le..

  • 19 Muslim Quarter of Damascus Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    SYR - Damas

    This quarter of the old city is named after its Muslim population, as was the case with the Christian Quarter (Christians were permitted to settle alongside the Arab residents in what is today the old city). Traversed by narrow streets, the quarter c..

  • 20 Bzouriyeh Souk Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Souk Bzouriyé SYR - Damas

    This souk is a dream for lovers of spices and confectionery. On both sides of the covered alley, large sacks that never seem to empty brim with condiments that would satisfy the most demanding palace kitchen. The aromas of ground thyme (zattar) and g..

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