we all know that Jordan is a predominantly Islamic Country, but the country is also known for it's tolerance and acceptance of it's religous minorities and christians of all denominations composes around 8 to 9% of the population and Jordan has lots of Sites that are special of Christians on a Holyland Pilgrimage and one of the major tourist earnings of Jordan are from the Christian Pilgrims, hence the Capital, Amman has a number of Christian Churches (for Roman Catholics, Greek Orthodox, Protestants, Pentecostals, etc). Being on a Christian Pilgrimage, we do attend mass everyday and we had attended 2 masses in Jordan, one at Mount Nebo and one here at Amman, at the Saint Mary of Nazareth Church in As Sweiffiyeh District as part of that pilgrimage.
We went to Amman and other parts of Jordan as part of a holyland pilgrimage of Roman Catholics and with a Dominican Order Priest as a pilgrimage Priest, hence we always have daily masses before the start of tours and before we went on a Petra Day Tour, we heard mass in one the the Roman Catholic Church here in the As Sweiffiyeh District of Amman. The diocese is part of the Diocese of Jerusalem of which the Latin Patriarch is Fouad Twal and is under the Jesuit Order. This Church is called the St. Mary of Nazareth Church and is one of the few Roman Catholic Churches in Jordan. they have daily masses at 5:30 pm and they accept Roman Catholic pilgrimage groups to have masses inside the church for a token fee.
address is: Princess Alyah Street, As-Sweifiyeh, 11185, Amman, Jordan
Jordan's second most important archaeological site, Jerash, is one of the best preserved Roman cities around. It is complete with magnificent temples, theatres, and colonnades , along with countless Byzantine period churches with beautiful mosaics. Jerash is a must see in Jordan!
For more, take a look at the Jerash page.
Madaba is a quiet little town with some of Jordan's most famous Byzantine-period mosaics. Though much older, the town reached its apogee under the Romans and well into the Christian period, when many churches and residences with intricate mosaic floors were built. Much like many towns in this region, Madaba was destroyed in invasions and earthquakes and was all but forgotten for over a millennia. It was not until the late 19th century, when Christians families from the town of Kerak further south moved in and resurrected the town from its ruins. During the construction of their churches and houses, numerous mosaics were discovered, the most famous of which is the mosaic map of the Holy Land in the Basilica of Saint George. This has since made Madaba a town of significant archaeological interest and turned it into an obligatory stop on Jordan's tourist itinerary. Madaba is only a 45 minute drive southwest of Amman.
For more, take a look at the separate Madaba page.
Some 45 minutes by car from Amman and 420 metres below sea level is the amazing natural wonder known as the Dead Sea. It is a salty water lake that fills the bottom of the Jordan Rift Valley, and it separates Jordan from Palestine and Israel. Due to proximity, a visit to the Dead Sea can be done on a day trip from the capital city. There are several resort-hotels with excellent amenities to choose from, either for day use or for an overnight stay.
For more details, check out this Dead Sea page.
Once the largest city on this side of the River Jordan, as-Salt has a more traditional Levantine/Middle Eastern character than Amman. Choosing the latter as the capital city is probably the reason why the countless Ottoman-period buildings that make as-Salt so picturesque have survived. Though tourist infrastructure is still lacking in as-Salt, the city's historic quarter has been the focus of preservation and restoration in recent years (as it awaits inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List) gradually paving the way for increased touristm in the city. A day trip to as-Salt, only 30 minutes northwest, provides a good contrast to Amman and fills in the missing Ottoman-period from Amman's history.
For more, click on as-Salt
Located just 20-30 minutes southwest of Amman, Wadi Seer is an astonishingly fertile valley with Mediterranean landscapes and vegetation. Within it is a village known as Iraq el-Amir, which has one of the few remaining architectural examples from the Hellenistic period in Jordan. The structure is known as Qasr el-Abd, or Qasr Iraq el-Amir, and dates from around 200BC. A visit to the palace makes a fun short excursion from the city of Amman, one worth making not only to see the ancient palace, but also to see a very different landscape from the semi-arid plateau that surrounds Amman.
For more, take a look at my Iraq el-Amir page.
Climbat Amman is a new place in town for indoor climbing. If you are interested in such activity this place offers the opportunity no matter what level you are.
For only 10JDs you can have a try if you have never been involved in such an activity, or you can take a more difficult course if you know what you are doing.
In any case, the people there know what they are doing ... it is fun and again another great place to meet people.
You can call and book in advance or just show up
If you are in Amman during the summer, you will see tens of kites flying over the 14 hills of Amman.
You can join in the action, just buy a kite from any of the many shops found in the down town.
Walk up to the Citadel -it is considered a great spot for kites-.
You will have a great opportunity to fly your kite, meet some local children and may be even beat them at their own game!
Jerash is only about an hours drive from Amman and a very interesting daytrip if you are in Amman.
IUt's one of the best preserved greek/roman towns in the whole world and you don't need to be an archeolgy buff to enjoy this place.
This is a highly recommended daytrip if you have a few days in Amman.
The dead sea is only an hours drive from Amman and a very easy daytrip.
If you want to swin then you should head for the northern shores ofd the dead sea and go to the movenpick resort where you can acces the beach for free and youi have showers on the beach to clean the salt off your body after the swim and they don't mind that you use the bathrooms at the pool area for changing clothes.
This is your chance to visit the lowest point on earth and to swim even if you can't swim.
In the area of Shmeisani (Amman) you can find a lot of 5 stars hotel like Marriott, Le Meridien, Golden Tulip and much more. Here there is the Sport City and many restaurants like La Terrasse, Chili House and New York New York.
Most travellers seem to hire a car and drive to these tourist spots. All are within an easy drive from Amman.
Petra - three hours driving.
Jerash - 30 minutes
Dead Sea - 45 minutes
Karak - 2 hrs.
The Sheraton Hotel has a car hire office on the ground floor Or you hire a car from Thrifty's office in downtown. www.thrifty.com . The Four Season Hotel can also organise tours.
Roads are well sign posted written in both Arabric and English. English is spoken in Amman.
Taxi's are another option, you can organize a driver from the hotel and set a price before leaving to your destination. See lists below for more info.
It may come as a surprise to some visitors to Amman to see big new churches in the city but in fact about 6% of Jordan's population is Christian. The majority live in Amman, and nearby Madaba, with smaller congregations in Kerak and Salt and the country's Constitution guarantees their right to worship openly and freely.
The majority of Christians belong to the Greek Orthodox Church and there are no less than 6 Greek Orthodox churches in Amman, but there are also Greek and Roman Catholic communities, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox and, among the non-Arabs, Armenian Orthodox and Catholics. Land has recently been granted to the Maronite community to build a new church in the city.
Well if you walk in residential area in Amman, you can easily find that people love flying kites on the top of their house. I have admitted that they are really good players of kites.
If you don't feel like doing anything, why not just sit and see people fly kites?! You will enjoy it a lot. Or you may also join their performance, I am sure that they are willing to teach you how to become a good kiter!!