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Um Al Rasas

The ruins of Um Al-Rasas lie near the Kings’ Highway, 30 km south east of Madaba, in a barren desert, no longer the lush fertile terrain it was during the Roman rule, as described by the Jewish historian of the time, Josephus. The biblical name of this town, Kastron Mepha’at, is mentioned in Joshua 13:18 […]

Jerash “A Rome away from Rome”

A close second to Petra on the list of favorite destinations in Jordan is the ancient city of Jerash, which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. Jerash lies on a plain, surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. Conquered by General Pompey in 63 BC, it came […]

Ajloun “A Timeless fusion between Nature & History”

The marvels of nature and the genius of medieval Arab military architecture have given northern Jordan two of the most important ecological and historical attractions in the Middle East: the sprawling pine forests of the Ajlun-Dibbine area, and the towering Ayyubid castle at Ajlun, which helped to defeat the Crusaders 8 centuries ago. Ajlun Castle […]

Shobak Castle “Krak de Montreal, Crusader Castle”

A lonely reminder of former Crusader glory is Shobak Castle, less than an hour north of Petra. Once called “Mont Real,” Shobak dates from the same turbulent period as Karak. It is the earliest Crusader castle in Jordan. Built in 1115 by Baldwin I, it was only surrendered in 1189, two years after the Battle […]

Karak Castle “A maze of stone-vaulted halls & endless passageways”

Whether you approach Karak from the ancient Kings Highway to the east or from the Dead Sea to the west, the striking silhouette of this fortified town and castle will instantly make you understand why the fates of kings and nations were decided here for millennium. An ancient Crusader stronghold, Karak sits 900 m above […]

Desert Castles

Jordan’s Desert Castles, beautiful examples of both early Islamic art and architecture, stand testament to a fascinating era in the country’s rich history. Their fine mosaics, frescoes, stone and stucco carvings and illustrations, inspired by the best in Persian and Greco-Roman traditions, tell countless stories of the life as it was during the 8th century. Called […]

Hammamat Ma’in / Ma’in Hot Springs

Visitors to the Dead Sea should also take advantage of another nearby wonder, Hammamat Ma’in (Ma’in Hot Springs). The hot springs and baths of Hammamat Ma’in have been enjoyed for therapeutic and leisure pursuits for thousands of years. In the Bible: King Herod frequented the healing springs at Ma’in (when these waters were known as Baaras) […]

Bethany Beyond the Jordan

Less than 2 km east of the Jordan River is an important place associated with the lives of Jesus and John the Baptist (pbut) – the settlement of Bethany, where John lived and baptized. John 1:28 refer to it as “Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing”. In John 10:40 it is mentioned as […]

Mount Nebo

From Mount Nebo’s windswept promontory, overlooking the Dead Sea, the Jordan River Valley, Jericho and the distant hills of Jerusalem, Moses, ‘the servant of the Lord’ and ‘the friend of God’ (Deuteronomy 32:49 and 34:5) viewed the Holy Land of Canaan that he would never enter. He died and was buried in Moab, “in the […]