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Jordan’s Touristic Attractions
• Dead Sea
• Um Qais
• Wadi Rum
• Wadi il Moujib
Amman… Where The Old Meets The New…
• Amman is the capital of Jordan, and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world
• It lays on seven hills, one of these hills is called Jabal il Qala where the ancient Citadel (picture on the left) towers
above the city, the major buildings at the site are the Temple of Hercules, a Byzantine church, and the
• The next ancient sight in Amman is the Roman Theatre ( middle picture ), this theatre was built the reign of
Antonius Pius (138-161 CE). The large and steeply raked structure could seat about 6,000 people, built into
the hillside, it was oriented north to keep the sun off the spectators.
• The new side of Amman is represented by an area called Abdoun ( picture on the right ), it is one of Amman's
centres for nightlife. There are several mostly high-end nightclubs located in Abdoun which are frequented
by both local residents of Amman and tourists alike.
One of the World’s Seven
• A historical and archaeological city in the southern Jordanian
governorate of Ma'an that is famous for its rock-cut architecture
and water conduit system.
• Also called the Rose City due to the colour of the stone out of
which it is carved.
• Established possibly as early as 312 BC as the capital city of the
Jerash is the site of the ruins of the
Greco-Roman city of Gerasa
Remains in the Greco-Roman
- The Corinthium column
- Hadrian's Arch
- The circus/hippoderome
- The two large temples (dedicated to Zeus
- The nearly unique oval Forum, which is
surrounded by a fine colonnade,
- The long colonnaded street or cardo
- Two theatres (the Large South Theatre and
smaller North Theatre)
- Two baths, and a scattering of small temples
- An almost complete circuit of city walls.
The Lowest Point on Earth…
The Dead Sea
Its surface and shores are 429 metres (1,407 ft) below sea level,
Earth's lowest elevation on land. The Dead Sea is 304 m (997 ft)
deep, the deepest hypersaline lake in the world.
The Dead Sea seawater has a density of 1,240 kg/m3,
which makes swimming similar to floating
Mosaic City… Madaba
Madaba’s main attraction is its Byzantine
mosaics, drawing many visitors, especially
since the creation of an archaeological park.
They cover the floors of houses and churches
dating from the site’s earliest period of
Nebo Mountain is an elevated ridge in
Jordan, approximately 817 metres (2,680 ft)
above sea level, mentioned in the Bible as the
place where Moses was granted a view of the
Promised Land. The view from the summit
provides a panorama of the Holy Land and, to
the north, a more limited one of the valley of
the River Jordan. The West Bank city of
Jericho is usually visible from the summit, as
is Jerusalem on a very clear day.
Many visitors come to Umm Qais on day trips from the capital, Amman,
roughly 110 kilometres (68 mi) to the south, to see its extensive ruins
and enjoy its panoramic views. The Sea of Galilee and Tiberias, Israel,
are visible, and just across the valley of the Yarmouk River is the
southern end of the Golan Heights - claimed by and recognized as
Syria, but under Israeli administration since the Six-Day War in 1967.
Mount Hermon bordering Lebanon is visible in the distance on clear
Aqaba has been an inhabited
settlement since 4000 BC
profiting from its strategic
location at the junction of
trading routes between Asia
and Africa. The early
settlement was presumably
Edomite in ancient times.
Wadi Rum is home to the
Zalabia Bedouin who, working
with climbers and trekkers.
Wadi Rum has been inhabited
by many human cultures
since prehistoric times, with
many cultures–including the
Nabateans–leaving their mark
in the form of rock paintings,
graffiti, and temples.
Also known as The Valley of the
Moon is a valley cut into the
sandstone and granite rock in
southern Jordan 60 km (37 mi) to
the east of Aqaba; it is the largest
wadi in Jordan. The name Rum
most likely comes from an
Aramaic root meaning 'high' or
Wadi il Moujib
Wadi Mujib, historically known as Arnon, is a river in Jordan which enters the Dead Sea at
410 metres (1,350 ft) below sea level. The Mujib Reserve of Wadi Mujib is located in the
mountainous landscape to the east of the Dead Sea, approximately 90 kilometres (56 mi)
south of Amman.