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Jordan sightseeing. Travel guide - attractions, sights, nature and touristic places

The territory of Jordan is home to tenths of thousands of historic monuments, great sanctuaries and pilgrim places. The city of Amman is both cultural and administrative centre of the country. First settlers appeared on the territory of Amman 10 thousand years ago. Amman Citadel is one of main sights of Jordan. The beautiful ancient building is located in the centre of the capital’s downtown. Nearby you will see ruins of ancient fortresses and protective walls. Other important sights of the area include the Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and a Byzantine Church built in the 6th century.
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This part of the Jordan capital is a true paradise for scientists and historians as simply every centimetre of the holy land has great historic value. Artefacts found in the downtown are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum. Opened more than 60 years ago, the museum constantly gets new items that were found during excavations. The most famous cultural museums of the city are the Folklore Museum, the Museum of Coins, Jordan Museum of National Traditions and the Museum of Royal Cars. King Abdullah Mosque is an important religious sight. Even though this is a relatively young building, it is named in the list of most important shrines.
There are several interesting cities in Amman suburbs, and each of them has its own places of interest. The city of Salt is a fascinating place famous for its quality crafts, magnificent old buildings and museums. Skilled masters make clay vases, do detailed embroidery and make other pretty souvenirs right in front of amazed tourists. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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Madaba is the location of an interesting landmark – St. George’s Church that was built in the end of the 19th century. The church keeps a priceless relic, a giant panel that is named “the map of the Holy Land”. The mosaic is 25 x 25m large and is considered one of the most precious items found in Amman. Other landmarks include The Head of St. John’s Cathedral, the Church of the Apostils, St. Elijah Church and Cardo Maximus Colonnade.
The city of Jerash is famous for its magnificent triumphal arcs, churches and other cultural facilities. Make sure you include a visit to such famous places as the Oval Square, Artemis Temple, the Glass Palace, the Temple of Zeus, St. Marian’s Church and the ruins of Atrium Mosque to your excursion program. There are also several museums in the city, with the Museum of Archaeology being the most visited one.
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The remains of ancient settlements found in the territory of the present country are one of the earliest on the planet. The age of the oldest artifacts found here is over 250 000 years. The largest settlements were formed here in the Bronze Age. At that time, ancient countries located here were under Egypt. In the ancient period, almost the entire territory was under the Nabataean Kingdom that was consequently conquered by Ancient Greece and then came to the Roman Empire.
At that time, the country was called Arabia Petrea. During the reign of the Roman Empire, such big cities, as Irbid, Jerash, Pella and Gadara, were formed. Now, the ruins of these cities are important archeological districts in the country. At the beginning of the 7th century, the ancient country was controlled by the Arab caliphate. Islam started disseminating actively in that period. At the turn of the 11th-12th centuries, a lot of strengthening constructions were built in the country. At that time, Jordan suffered from destructive invasions of crusaders.
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In 1517, the country saw the times of the Ottoman rule lasting until 1918. After the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, Jordan became a British protectorate. It gained independence only in 1946. Over the recent years, the tourism sector in the country has developed significantly.
A lot of world-famous, luxurious hotels, spa centers and upscale wellness centers have been opened here. Jordan is the popular place for the health tourism. Local wellness resorts use thermal waters and healing muds and practice climate and new manual therapy.
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Beach resorts are also elite here. There is a wide choice of well-equipped coastal zones in Aqaba. Fans of active recreation will be certainly impressed by the resort of Royal Diving Beach that includes a modern diving center, big pools, playgrounds and a lot of beautiful places to walk. The main peculiarity of this resort area is its crystal clear water. Here, you can snorkel and admire enchanting coral reefs here.

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Famous and uniques places in Jordan from our review series

Tomb of Aaron

From the series “The surviving artifacts of Jewish civilization”
Another sacred object that is amazing from the historical point of view is the tomb of Aaron that travelers can visit in Jordan. This monument is located near the city of Petra, in a remote mountainous area. A special physical training is not required to get to the top of the mountain. The Islamic sanctuary, which is located there, is known since the 14th century. According to historical records, it was built on the ruins of an ancient church of the time of Justinian the Great.

One of the first European archaeologists who studied these places was the Finnish researcher Jaakko Fres. He visited sacred places in 1999. During the excavation, the ancient monastery as well as the Basilica of the Byzantine period were discovered. The main finding was a chapel, where the remains of a pedestal … Read all

Petra

From the series “Nooks and villages that are more colorful than top touristic destinations”
The ancient city of Petra, which many travelers know by the unofficial name Pink City, is situated in Jordan. That’s the once flourishing and majestic capital of the Nabataean kingdom. The city was founded more than 2 000 years ago. After thousands of years, its buildings and structures, which were carved in the rocks, have managed to survive. The ancient city has a rather complicated arrangement, so not all travelers can get there.

At one side, it is framed by cliffs; at the other side, a path goes through gorges and valleys. The history of the city is very interesting. Since its inception, it was located at the crossroads of important trade routes. Trade was the main occupation for the residents of the city; it provided a huge income to the treasury. The most magnificent temples and … Read all

Wadi Rum Desert

From the series “Top 11 most unusual deserts on the planet”
Jordan can boast with the amazing desert of Wadi Rum that has gained international fame thanks to its unique Martian landscape. The area of ​​this stony desert is more than 740 square km. Famous contemporary films like Red Planet, Martian, Transformers, The Last Days on Mars, and others were shot there. While traveling through the desert, you can see a lot of incredible landscapes, including beautiful canyons and mountains. The highest among them is Jabal Umm Ad Dami.

The Wadi Rum Desert has long attracted an attention of climbers, who seek to conquer its most dangerous and steep cliffs. Ordinary tourists can participate in exciting safari jeep tours, during which they can see the most interesting areas of the desert. Some of them are of great interest from the archaeological point … Read all
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Amman
For those fond of unusual attractions, it is certainly worth visiting the Royal Automobile Museum. King Huseyn loved beautiful cars, and he managed to collect an impressive amount of them, which today can be seen by everyone. The museum features more than 70 models of cars and motorcycles, and among the exhibits presented here there are quite a few older rare models. Visitors to the museum will be happy to learn that it is possible to even sit down and take pictures in some of the cars … Read more

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