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  • 1 Qalaat Samaan Recommended Recommended

    Religious buildings

    SYR - Der Samaan

    It was on this hill that Saint Simeon (around 389-459) lived an ascetic life atop a pillar for nearly 40 years. On his death, a martyrium, baptistery and basilica were erected. The latter is in fact composed of four cross-plan basilicas centred on th..

  • 2 Sergilla Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    SYR - Sergilla

    Sergilla is undoubtedly the most evocative and atmospheric of the dead cities. At the termination of a dead-end road, the ruins have a timeless air. Yet in this village where life seems to have been so brutally cut short, visitors will be surprised t..

  • 3 Rassafa Recommended Recommended

    Archaeological and historical sites

    SYR - Rassafa

    This frontier post of the Roman Empire built in the 1C AD underwent rapid expansion during the Byzantine period (especially during the 6C) as a result of the popularity of the cult of St Sergius. His burial place soon began to draw many pilgrims. In ..

  • 4 Palmyra Archaeological Museum Recommended Recommended

    Museums and art

    SYR - Palmyre

    The museum displays some magnificent artefacts found here as well as everyday items, funerary objects, mummies, architectural elements... A model of the temple of Ba'al shows the city's most important building as it originally appeared, prior to fort..

  • 5 Arab Castle, Palmyra Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    SYR - Palmyre

    Standing proudly atop its hill, the 12C-17C castle dominates the ancient city of Palmyra. It is accessed by car or on foot, directly across country and involving a steep final ascent. Its primary interest lies in the view over its ruins, best enjoyed..

  • 6 Roman Theatre 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..

  • 7 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..

  • 8 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..

  • 9 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)...

  • 10 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..

  • 11 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..

  • 12 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..

  • 13 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 ..

  • 14 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..

  • 15 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 ..

  • 16 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..

  • 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 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..

  • 19 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..

  • 20 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..

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