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    CAMELS

    by davidjo Updated Aug 26, 2015

    VERY DIFFICULT TO SEE CAMEL TRAINS NOW but best chance would be in the Wadi Rum area where camel trekking can be arranged. . . Of course camel trekking is environmentally friendly and allows you to experience the desert the same way Bedouins have done for years, but after a half day on the camel it will leave you quite painful on certain areas of your body.

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    Azrak castle

    by solopes Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    Built in the 13th century over the ruins of a roman fortress, the castle of Azraq is today a new ruin.

    Interesting to see the heavy basalt door that remains from the roman period, and if you dare to climb the apparently dangerous stair, and walk a while in the absolutely dangerous first floor, looking down you will have an excellent idea of the structure used to build ceilings and up floor pavements.

    Noticed for being used by T.E. Lawrence, it deserves a stop if you should pass near the place. We had no time to visit the town and I got the feeling that... we should have.

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    Al Karak or Kerak

    by solopes Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    Built by the cruzaders in a steep hill, and later adopted and adapted by the Muslims, this large fortress still shows signs of all their presences and transformations, giving an impressive idea of the strength of the castle and the complexity of all its structures.

    The sights from the castle are beautiful.

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    Madaba

    by solopes Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    A common small church in a common small town shows a large area of its pavement a mosaic from the 6th century, representing the map of the holly land.

    As you may guess, most locals now live from producing and selling... mosaics. So, visit the church, a mosaic factory, one tourist shop, and... it's done. But if you're passing near the town, you should make the detour.

    I saw in TV that Madaba mosaic tradition is larger than I was told, and that there are more interesting examples to see. If you're in a package you may be forced to my situation, but, being in your own reserve some more time.

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    Mount Nebo

    by solopes Updated Oct 22, 2014

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    An absolute must go to religious people, just another place to the other, Mount Nebo is supposed to be Moses's burial place.

    A chapel was built covering the excavating site, and people keep on digging.

    The pope visited the place (there's a memorial), promoting its authenticity. The sights are... they say they are... the haze didn't allow me to confirm it. Interesting mosaics inside.

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    Umm Qays or Gadara

    by solopes Updated Oct 2, 2014

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    In the extreme north, Gadara, an old and badly preserved roman city is the pretext to take you to Umm Qays, and let you have a look over the Golan Heights, in Syria.

    Looking at that sterile hills, it's impossible not to ask why all the disputes around it. The answer stands in the back: water. The Sea of Galilee, also called Lake Tiberias, gives birth to Jordan River and its valley. Its strategic control justifies the strong militarization of the area that confines you to the hilltop, and becomes difficult to see from distance.

    After seeing the sights there's still a Roman city to visit. But if you have Jerash in your schedule there's no reason to spend too much time with it.

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    Qasr al-Kharaneh

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    Qasr al-Kharaneh is one of a number of desert castles east of the capital. Despite its name, it was more likely used as an inn, a lonely oasis in the midst of a vast treeless desert. The building has about 60 rooms, and a small courtyard. You can climb up onto the roof for long views over huge acres of nothingness. Except for the dusty highway and a vacant military base there didn't seem to be very much out there at all.

    The castle was original built by either the Romans or Byzantines, and eventually taken over by the Islamic Umayyads in 710AD. It forms part of the Desert Castle chain, and the next nearest is Castle Amra, about 16km away.

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    Qasr Al Amra

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    Hazim, the Bedouin and his tea.

    Hazim greeted me as I entered Qasr Al Amra, he was a fine guide and a genuine Bedouin. After surprising him with my few hastily learned words of Arabic ("salam alaikoum!"), he insisted I come inside and drink tea with him. And more tea. And more tea. He spoke pretty good English, but he didn't seem to understand "no thanks", "I've had quite enough tea now, thank you", and "I've really got be going or I'll never get back to my hotel before the sun goes down."

    His tour of the castle was brief, but fascinating, and I regret now not giving him any money. At the time I was unsure whether I was supposed to pay guides, or whether they were part of the entrance fee, but I later learned that all the guides seem to live off the money they get from showing people around. I guess he was too polite to ask, and I felt uncomfortable offering money. I really wish I'd made the effort now.

    If you go there, and see Hazim, give him a couple of dinar from me!

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    Bethany

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    According to the bible, Jesus was baptised on the Jordan river, but it doesn't say which side. Today one bank of the river Jordan is in Jordan, the other side is in Israel. Both sides claim that Jesus was baptised on *their* side of the river. My Jordanian guide was adamant, of course, that it was Jordan who had not the strongest claim, but the *only* claim.

    His argument was very convincing. John the Baptist lived and died on the Jordan side of the river, ending his days to the execution order of Herod's daughter down the road in Kerak. It has been shown historically that the river Jordan has changed course over the centuries, and would have several meters inside the Jordanian border at the time of Jesus. They have found marble steps dating from the period, which were probably used for baptisms.

    Most important of all, however, the Pope sided with Jordan, and you can't argue with the Pope.

    The whole place is so close to the border, it is inside a Jordanian military zone. When you are driving along to the site on the tour bus, you can see Jericho on the other side of the Jordan in the Occupied Territories. When you finally reach Bethany, you can walk down to the river Jordan and stand a few feet from Israel, looking over at the Israeli's own baptism tourist site, with the Israeli flag flying proudly over it.

    It costs 7JD for the tour, the bus, and the entrance fee. Don't take photographs of the soldiers, or anything military, and mind the flies. There were hundreds of them. Not biting ones, though.

    This place has no public transport, so you'll need to get a taxi.

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    Jerash

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    Jerash (or Gerasa) is an absolute, gob-stopping, jaw-dropping highlight of any trip to Jordan, as it would be if it were anywhere else on the planet. It's vast, it's amazingly intact, and they've only dug up about a third of the Roman city so far. One Italian I spoke to who'd also visited, told me how he'd been sitting on a pile of dirt, eating his sandwiches, and casually digging around in the dirt, when he'd pulled out a genuine Roman artifact: a small cup.

    The other amazing aspect of this Roman city is the almost complete lack of tourists. If this were anywhere else in the world, the place would be heaving with tourists; you wouldn't be able to move. Because this is Jordan and the Middle East, and everyone is scared of terrorism, it's almost completely empty. I was even had my own personal viewing of the famous Bedouin Bagpipe duo in the amphitheater. I spent an entire afternoon there, and only one tour group showed up, and the place is so big it just swallowed them whole.

    You can go anywhere, climb on anything, and do anything. There are no ropes to stop you, and the guards are more interested in eating sandwiches and looking out for non-existent terrorists. There's a down-side to that, as there's no stopping you from going somewhere dangerous and falling down and breaking your leg. I stumbled stupidly at one point, and must have torn a ligament or something, as I had pain walking for the next few days.

    Now the history. Jerash started life as a Greek city in the third century BC, but flourished under the Romans, who built almost everything that you see today. It became a Byzantine city after the fall of the Roman empire, before falling into the hands of the Umayyads around the 7th century AD. Its demise came at the hands of the Crusaders, who put an end to the ancient part of this city, although the modern city of Jerash continues today next door.

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    Petra

    by antistar Updated Mar 6, 2014

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    When I visited this magnificent piece of history, there was much propaganda from the local tourist board, begging what few visitors braved the overblown threat of terrorism to visit the New Seven Wonders of the World website and vote Petra to become a member. Despite the distinct lack of visitors, it succeeded, and made the last shortlist of 21, before the final decision is made in July. At the very least, it's now rated as one of the 21 most amazing sites in the world. I reckon it's at least in the top ten.

    Petra hits the right note in so many ways, to make it a strong contender.

    On its own it would be an area of amazing natural beauty, and would create wonder in any visitor as to how a land like this could have been created. Walking through the Siq, a great rift in the sandstone mountains, as the sheer red rock climbs steeply above your head, and your footsteps echo down the empty narrow passageway, is a eerie and awesome sensation. And that's just the start of the show. As the Siq opens up onto one of Petra's most famous landmarks, the Treasury, it's difficult not to be completely bowled over.

    And there's much much more!

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    Visit Jerash

    by solopes Updated Feb 20, 2014

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    Roman cities are not exactly a rarity around the Mediterranean Sea, but Jerash, for its size and preservation is a must see.

    Close to Amman, it's easy to visit and surely deserves the trip. Not only many of the old structures are very well preserved, but it is possible to see the evolution of the city from its Roman origins (also with a few older remains) to its destruction by an earthquake in the 8th century, and some adding of christian constructions. However, the most remarkable element is the oval square, once the roman forum!

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    The Dead Sea

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2014

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    The better and lower cost alternatives for Dead sea resorts are on the Jordan side of the lake. The Dead sea is the lowest point on earth at over 1,200 feet below sea level. The water is highly saline so conventional swimming is out. However the high salt and mineral content are purported to be good for the skin and the high salt content leads to a very high buoyancy allowing you to float on the lake like a cork in water. It's just one of those things that has to be experienced.

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    Petra

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2014

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    From 300BC to about 300 CE, this city carved out of the surrounding sandstone controlled the caravan routes across the desert. Petra declined when the Romans re-routed the caravans north and was finally abandoned in 376 AD after an earthquake.

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    Mose's Spring

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 3, 2014

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    This natural Spring in Wadi Musa ( Mose's Valley) near Petra is purportedly the site where Moses in the bible struck the rock and made a spring to appear during the Israelites 40 years of wandering in the desert.

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