Jordan Journals

A Week in Jordan: Part Two

A December 2011 trip to Jordan by Essexgirl09

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Petra By Night

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Candle Photo, Petra, Jordan
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Petra by Night is a unique experience that happens three times a week (Monday, Wednesday and Thursday) in Petra. We had just arrived here, so had not yet seen any of Petra by daylight but were keen to make the most of our visit to this iconic, ancient site.Petra is an ancient city founded by the Nabataeans about 2,500 years ago and was carved into the pink toned rock. After it declined under the Romans and was subsequently abandoned after a 4th Century earthquake, it lay lost until it was re-discovered in 1812 by a Swiss traveller. The visit involves a walk by candlelight through the Siq to the Treasury which commences at 8.30pm from the visitor centre. From the ticket gate...Read More

Madaba Mosaic Map

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Madaba Mosaic Map Photo, Madaba, Jordan
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Madaba in Western Jordan is a good sized town with a large Christian section of the population which has influenced the construction of a number of churches. The churches contain some special mosaics, but we only visited one – the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George’s. The mosaic here, known as the Madaba Map, is Byzantine (estimated 6th century) and depicts a map of the Holy Land as it was known then. Not all the map remains – parts may have been taken by later Muslim rulers in the 8th Century, part destroyed in a subsequent earthquake. It was re-discovered in the late nineteenth century when a new church was to be built on the site. In the nearby ticket office (where you will find t...Read More

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Madaba Mosaic Map

Madaba, Jordan

Mount Nebo

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Attraction | "Holy Mount"

Mount Nebo Photo, Jordan, Middle East
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Mount Nebo in Jordan is 817m high and hardly qualifies the usage of the word 'Mount'. It is supposed to be from where Moses saw the Holy Land for the first time. He is also supposed to be buried in the area - no one appears to have found his body though. There is a coach park, part the way up, and you walk up the last (paved) part to the summit. I found it quite cold here in the early morning in December, even though it was a sunny day. On your walk up there you will pass a monument dedicated to Moses. This has been a popular pilgrimmage site for many centuries. There is a small museum here, showing the recent history of the area, and how it would have been in the past. At the top o...Read More

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Mount Nebo

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