Daytrip - Mount Nebo, Amman

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  • Daytrip - Mount Nebo
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    A daytrip out of the city.

    by leics Written Feb 1, 2015

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    Mount Nebo is most certainly not in Amman itself. It lies on the way to the Dead Sea, just over 6 miles from Madaba (also well worth a visit for its many superb ancient mosaics) and more than 30 miles from Amman (perhaps an hour's drive, traffic permitting)

    Mount Nebo is an extremely important site for Christians, Jews and Muslims and for that reason it now has its own

    VT travel guide

    My own Mount Nebo page is here

    Whether you have any religious belief or not, Mount Nebo is a fascinating historical and archaeological site worth visiting just for itself...and for its fabulous views over what the Bible called 'the land of milk and honey'. The Franciscan monks, who bought the site in the 1930s, have done stirling work in not only conserving the ancient structures and artefacts there but also excavating the area. There are some truly wonderful ancient mosaics on show and, hopefully, the ancient hilltop church which has been undergoing substantial restoration and conservation will soon be open again so that the mosaics within can once more be seen by the public.

    You'll need a car, or car + driver from Amman, or perhaps take an organised daytour. Alternatively, catch a bus to Madaba and then take a taxi or serveece (shared-ride taxi) to Mount Nebo.

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    Moses Lookout of the Holy Land

    by machomikemd Written Aug 30, 2013

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    Mount Nebo is the main pilgrimage site for christians around the world in Jordan, this is the first stop of a Holy Land Pilgrimage that retraces the steps of Moses finding the promised land and ends at Egypt, where the Holy family hid during the time that King Herod tried to find and kill the messiah (jesus). Mount Nebo is approximately 817 meters (2680 feet) above sea level, mentioned in the Bible as the place where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land that he would never enter. Below Mount Nebo is the alleged Burial Site of Moses (of which is still not found at the present) 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, it has two peaks and is the highest of the Moabite Mountains.

    In Mount Nebo is a church complex with ancient byzantine chapels, Old Baptisery, Theotokos Chapel, Mosaic Remains, Private chapels, etc. admission here is free and the complex is located 8 kilometers west of Madaba City and 39 kilometers from Amman.

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    Mount Nebo

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 27, 2004

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    From Mt Nebo (on a clear day) you can see The Dead Sea, the Jordan Plains and even Jerusalem and Bethlehem

    (When on a day trip to the Madaba mosaics, don't forget to go 10 more kms to Mount Nebo.
    This is one if the Holy Places in Jordan and is the place where the Prophet Moses was buried.
    The first commemorative church dates from the 4th century)

    View from Mt Nebo, Jordan

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    Mount Nebo

    by chrisvandenbroucke Written Mar 27, 2004

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    The Serpentine Cross was made by an Italian, Giovanni Fantoni, and symbolises Jesus Christ (the cross) and Mozes (the serpent)

    (When on a day trip to the Madaba mosaics, don't forget to go 10 more kms to Mount Nebo.
    This is one if the Holy Places in Jordan and is the place where the Prophet Moses was buried.
    The first commemorative church dates from the 4th century)

    Mount Nebo, Jordan

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    Moses' Mound

    by mikey_e Written Nov 26, 2012

    Mount Nebo is a popular stop along the road for tourists who come to Jordan in order to see the sites with Biblical significance. In the Old Testament, God showed Moses the Promised Land from the top of Mount Nebo, and it was here that Moses was buried by God. It is also, allegedly, the site on which the Ark of the Covenant was buried. Of course, scholars dispute that the Mount Nebo currently found in Jordan is the same one that is mentioned in the Old Testament, and neither Moses’ remains nor the Ark have been discovered. Nevertheless, Mount Nebo offers spectacular views of the land below and it is possible to see all the way to Jerusalem on a clear day. It provides a great opportunity for photographing Jordan’s natural landscape.

    Mount Nebo View from Mt. Nebo Cross on Mt. Nebo Walkway up the mountain View from the mountain
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    The Ruins

    by mikey_e Written Nov 26, 2012

    The ruins on the top of Mount Nebo include a church from the 4th century and a monastery. The church was built in commemoration of the site of Moses’ burial, and it was enlarged again in the 6th century. When I visited, it was under restoration and was not accessible to the public. What is accessible is a large area under tent that exhibits the various mosaics and artifacts that have been unearthed at the site, and which provide an interesting glimpse onto the artistic developments of early Christian communities in the region. There is also a small museum, and a presbytery, the latter of which is often occupied by group tours praying at the site.

    Mosaic at the Mount An old millstone Path to the Presbytery
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    Visit Mount Nebo

    by stevemt Written Jan 17, 2015

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    A wonderful site that is included in a number of tours from Amman

    Don't miss it

    Have a look here at my review

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