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The giant hand of Hercules right at the centre of Amman sums up the Jordanian sojourn - incredible history and culture within easy distances.
Madaba Mosaic – Unearthed from quake ruins, the mosaic map of Madaba, on the floor of St. George’s church, gives an accurate picture of the Holy Land circa 6th century.
Mount Nebo – One of Jordan’s most revered sites, Mount Nebo is where the Prophet got his first glimpse of the Promised Land. The Memorial Church of Moses commemorates this event.
Kerak – The capital of the biblical kingdom of Moab, the strong castle of Kerak was much fought over by both sides during the Crusades. One of the largest in the Levant, it was finally overrun by Saladin in 1189.
Al Khazneh (Treasury) – Over 40 mts high, the Treasury never disappoints. Walk through a sheer sided chasm to see this 2000-year-old façade. For an even better memory, see it at night, lit by thousands of candles.
Siq – The path to Petra is a journey in itself. Watch out for traces of canals that helped the Nabataeans get their water supply.
Petra Monastery – High above the treasury, the enormous Petra monastery is not only a superb sight, but the hike offers beautiful views of the rose red cliffs.
Wadi Rum – ‘The Valley of the Moon’ has pink, red and white sandstone formations, dotted with 2500-year-old petroglyphs. By jeep or on horseback you can retrace the journey of Lawrence of Arabia. Do the 7 pillar trek and stay at a Bedouin camp to come full circle.
Amman – The posh capital of the Jordanians has a Roman flavour to it. Bang in its centre is the Citadel, with the Temple of Hercules, the 6,000 seat amphitheatre and the smaller Odeon.
Jerash – Up north is the Roman city of Jerash, the best preserved ruins outside of Italy. The Hippodrome, Hadrian’s arch, the Temple of Zeus, the Nymphaeum (fountain) and the colonnaded Cardio Maximus (main street) give you a feel of this once bustling Decapolis.
Ajloun – Ensconced by pine forests and olive groves, Ajloun was a stopover for Emperor Hadrian (result - Hadrian’s arch) and the site of the Arabic-Islamic Ajloun castle.
Umm Qais – Framed by the Sea of Galilee and the Golan heights, the views and the ruins of the Decapolis Gadara (near Umm Qais) rival Jerash easily.