Jordan Things to Do

  • Performers in the theatre
    Performers in the theatre
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  • The lower entrance to the North Theatre
    The lower entrance to the North Theatre
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  • North Tetrapylon
    North Tetrapylon
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Jordan Things to Do

  • Citadel

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Things to Do

    Given that Amman spreads itself over so many hills (19 now, 7 for centuries before that) it's not really obvious why this particular one should have been chosen as the location for the city[s most ancient structures. It isn't any higher than the hills immediately surrounding it and, as far as I could see, there nothing particularly special about...

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  • Treasury - Al Khazneh

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Things to Do

    The structure now called the 'treasury' is the first part of Petra's city centre which visitors saw. As they finally reached the end of the Siq, itself always in shade, its twists and turns slowly revealed the sunlit facade of the 'treasury'. It must have been a completely unexpected and awe-inspiring sight....and that is exactly what it was...

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  • Diving & Snorkeling

    Aqaba Things to Do

    As recommended, I approached Arab Diving School to do 2 dives in the afternoon after I arrvied Aqaba. It costs JD35 (50 US). It is good price and the dive sites are good. The owner is very nice. He closed the shop and drove me to the dive site. Along the way, he picked up the dive master. While I was diving one-to-one, the owner waited on shore and...

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  • St George's Church

    Madaba Things to Do

    St George's Greek Orthodox church is *the* Madaba site, visited by each and every tour group in order to gaze at its wonderful and unique mosaic map. I'll write about the map in the next tip, but St George's would be worth a visit even if it did not have any ancient mosaics. The small church was built in 1896 and, as is typical of Orthodox...

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  • Rock Inscriptions - Petroglyphs

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    There are thousands of Thamudic rock inscriptions, properly called petroglyphs, dotted about all over the Wadi Rum area. The Thamud were a nomadic tribe related to the Nabateans. They lived in the Wadi Rum area from at least the 800s BC/BCE, almost certianly having migrated there from elsewhere. Their petroglyphs include human figures (some...

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  • Temple of Artemis

    Jarash Things to Do

    First excavated in the 1930s, the Temple of Artemis was the most important temple complex in the city (its location and its size prove that is the case). The temple was approached by an east-west road (the 'Sacred Way'), which crosses the Cardo Maximus at a point marked by four huge columns. The 'Sacred Way' started somewhere in the eastern side of...

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  • Ain Musa - Moses' Spring

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    According to tradition, during the many decades the Hebrews spent wandering the desert on their way from Egypt to the 'land of milk and honey' (Canaan), wheber water was desperately needed Moses/Musa struck water from the rocks with his staff, as God commanded. Ain Musa is traditionally one of the springs created when Moses/Musa struck the rock...

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  • Karak Castle - Overview

    Al Karak Things to Do

    My intro page gives a brief history of this massive, largely-Crusader fortress which still dominates the surrounding landscape. The Upper Court is remarkably large, with the partially-complete Mamluk keep at the far end, the remains of a Mamluk palace and the ruins of the Crusader chapel in the centre and numerous passages and rooms (including...

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  • Architecture

    As Salt Things to Do

    As-Salt was built on a very hilly terrain. The centre of town lies in the middle of a deep valley and the town spreads up the surrounding hills. The effect is quite picturesque with the houses stacked on top of each other as in the attached photos. For more photos, check out the travelogue: "Stacked Houses of as-Salt".

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  • Roman Theatre

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    The theatre was constructed in the 2nd century AD and was built in black basalt, a hard volcanic rock. Once the 24 rows could seat about 3000 visitors. The theatre is facing the west and maybe spectators were once sitting here seeing a play with the sunset as a beautiful background. There is also a second theatre in Uum Qais, the North Theatre. We...

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  • Landscape

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Finally, it was time to leave the lowest point on Earth as we turned left into the snaking road that leads to the town of Kerak. Four hundred metres higher, there was a road sign that indicated where we touched sea level. As in throughout this region, the arid scenery was breathtaking with interesting rock formations and deep gorges.

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  • Daytrip - Dead Sea

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Amman Things to Do

    The Dead Sea is Divided into the Jordanian Side and the Israel (West Bank) Side. This Tip will be on The Dead Sea Part of Jordan is located at the eastern shore and the Northern Part of the Jordanian Dead Sea lies in the Madaba Governate of which Madaba City is the Capital. There are a number of Resorts at the Dead Sea like the Mariott Hotel,...

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  • Monastery - Al Deir

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Things to Do

    There is no doubt that the structure now called the 'monastery' is absolutely massive (about 48m/158 feet high) and massively impressive simply by virtue of its size. To give a better impression of its size: the urn on top is itself 10m (30 feet) tall! The structure dates from the early 2nd century (100s) and was almost certainly never a...

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  • Beaches

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Aqaba's public beach lies to the south of the city, easily accessible on foot. It's several hundred metres of clean (at least in December) sand, free to enter and with excellent views across the Red Sea to Eilat in Israel. There are glass-bottomed boats, jet ski hire, boats for hire and so on and so forth. I'm sure that in warmer weather there...

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  • Daytrip - Mount Nebo

    Madaba Things to Do

    On the Eastern Side of Mount Nebo is a vista point where it is alleged that where Moses was Buried. According to Christian tradition and Old Testament and the Hebrew Bible, the Torah, Moses was buried here on the mountain, although his place of burial is not specified and local jordanians claim that the area is at the eastern part of Mount Nebo...

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  • Jeep & Truck Tours

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    Our desert trip was 2 hours and half long and we paid 45 JD for the 4*4 car. The car was driven by bedouin and infact the Wadi Rum desert is also the home of some bedouin tribes, so expect them to ask you to visit their tent, drink a tea and leave some money. We preferred to stay out and take pictures, our driver probably did not appreciate, but...

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  • Temple of Zeus

    Jarash Things to Do

    The heavens opened just as we came to the Temple of Zeus, which explains the lack of photos! The temple was built in the 160s AD/CE on the site of an earlier temples. It stands on a small hill alongside the South Theatre and, as such, was clearly intended to be visible from afar. A staircase led up to its outer area from the 'Oval Plaza' below and...

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  • Petra

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    Why everyone goes to Petra Off Course as This Unesco World Heritage Site is more known than the town that surrounds it, which is Wadi Musa. But all tours pass by wadi musa going to Petra as the Town is the only gateway to petra. Some Tour groups have lunch and shopping stops at wadi musa before going to petra and many tourists also stay at wadi...

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  • Karak Castle - Architecture

    Al Karak Things to Do

    Unfortunately, I found it difficult to take photos on my short visit. Much of the castle is dark (taking a torch would be a good idea) and the bright sunlight was 'wrong' is so many places. The castle is divided into two sections. The Upper Court has mostly Crusader structures, dating between 1142 and 1188 AD/CE. The Keep and the Lower Court...

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  • Al-Hammam Street

    As Salt Things to Do

    Named after an Arab Bath that no longer exists, al-Hammam Street is the main traditional shopping street in historic as-Salt. The narrow pedestrianised street wraps around the contours of a hill between traditional stone architecture and contains many local shops selling items typical of the Middle East, such as spices. The street is most...

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  • Acropolis

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    All the area is full of ruins of different buildings of several times, as well as sepulchres and tombs. Some areas are not for public transit, because excavations are still going on, but you can walk along most of the interesting places.

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  • Dead Sea Mud

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    Because of the high mineral content of its mud and waters, they are thought to have healing powers. Many people come here to get a Dead Sea mud treatment followed by a dip in the water. One look at these lovely ladies made me skip the mud treatment altogether and go straight for the water...

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  • Roman Theatre

    Amman Things to Do

    What is now Amman was once the Roman city of Philadelphia, a name was given to the settlement by an earlier Macedonian Greek ruler. The Romans took control of the area around 106 AD/CE. Philadelphia became one of 10 cities at the eastern border of the Roman Empire which were and are known as the 'Decapolis'. The Decapolis cities lie in Jordan,...

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  • Siq

    5 out of 5 stars

    Petra Things to Do

    The Siq ('gorge') would be massively impressive even if it were nothing more than a rock formation. It was created when the mountain split into two and gradually, over millennia, the waters of the Wadi Musa carved and smoothed its sides. There was once a huge Nabatean arch over the Bab as-Siq, the entrance from the visitor centre, though it fell...

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  • Local Life

    Aqaba Things to Do

    Don't forget to send Mom a postcard. Visit the Aqaba Post office, get your card or letter weighed for postage, and the staff will handle the rest. Price: 100Fils for 10 grams. Tip: The average price for a card in an envelope to the Americas is 1JD.

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  • Archaeological Park

    Madaba Things to Do

    Madaba's 'archaeological park' adjoins the Visitor Centre and is just a few minute's walk to the south-east of St George's Church. It is, imo, equally unmissable. The park was opened to the public in 1990 and includes many wonderful ancient mosaics, some of which come from elsewhere and some of which are still in their original position. The park...

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  • Landscape

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    Really, the whole point of visiting Wadi Rum is to be sunned by the sheer beauty of the empty desert landscape. At least, that is what the point *should* be imo. If you, like me, take a Bedouin truck tour you won't experience the desert silence until you stop and sometimes not even then, because other trucks may be driving around the area and...

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  • Site Overview

    Jarash Things to Do

    My other tips give more details about what you can see in this huge and hugely important, largely-Roman, site. These are the things you need to know: 1. The site really is absolutely massive. Don't underestimate its size or how long it will take you to visit even just the main structures. Imo, you'll need at least half a day to explore it...

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  • Tourist Street

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    If you walk along Tourist Street, past the entrance to the Petra site and up the hill out of Wadi Musa, passing a car park o your left, you will come to an open area with a small children's playground and absolutely superb views over the surrounding landscape. I spent quite a while just sitting on the rocks (carefully avoiding the broken glass...

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  • Karak Castle - Walls

    Al Karak Things to Do

    The West Front has got towers at its two corners, and a large West Tower between them. The southwest corner and the tower are protected by a glacis. The principal entrance to the Mamluk castle was through the West Front.

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  • Salt Archaeological Museum

    As Salt Things to Do

    Considered one of the finest of the Ottoman-period mansions of as-Salt, Beit Abu Jaber was built in 1892 and likely named after a certain Abu Jaber family. The foundation of the structure and the first floor looks much more ancient, probably of Mediaeval construction. It was recently restored and turned into the Historic Old Salt Museum, which...

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  • Basilica

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    Looking to the north from the Western Theatre the black and white columns at the Basilica Terrace is a nice sight. The octagonal interior of the church has black columns and the atrium white columns. The church is from the Byzantine era and was built in the 6th century.

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  • Floating

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    The sea has no life, having ~9x the salt content of the Mediterranean. The water line is a near continuous deposit of thick crystallized salt above and below the water line. The water itself, while being very clear and transparent, would quickly become opaque with any movement similar to the syrup being poured in southern sweet tea. But as quick as...

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  • Daytrip - Jerash

    Amman Things to Do

    Jordan has 8 of the decapolis cities (prosperous cities of the Roman Empire in the Middle East) of the middle east and Israel has one, (Syria has 2) located at Beit Shan, just across the Jordan River in the west bank. The 6 decapolis cities of Jordan are all located in the east bank of the Jordan River and the most famous and the most preserved...

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  • Royal Tombs

    Petra Things to Do

    The East Cliff holds an array of impressive tombs known as the 'Royal tombs'. The cliff is on the right, a little after Petra's theatre, and you'll need to climb up to get to the tombs themselves. It's easy enough climbing: there are steps and it's not too far up. Apart from getting a closer look at the tombs themselves, the climbing effort is...

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  • Glass-bottomed Boats

    Aqaba Things to Do

    My friend and I took a ride on a glass bottom boat during our visit to Aqaba in February 2005. With little in the way of activity on Aqaba's beach, a boat ride seemed like an ideal way to pass a bit of time. Things started ominously when I managed to display the worst haggling performance in history - managing, after a lengthy discussion with the...

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  • Mosaic Map

    Madaba Things to Do

    Before you enter the church to look at the map it's worth spending a few minutes looking at the large information board (in English) to the right of the church and perhaps also going into the small shop + interpretation centre (also to the right as you look at the church). Although the mosaic itself is accessible it is, obviously, roped off so it...

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  • Jabal Umm Fruth

    Wadi Rum Things to Do

    On your jeep tour of Wadi Rum Reserve make sure you climb up Umm Frith Bridge. Scamper up this natural rock formation in the desert in 5 minutes or less. Start on the right hand side working your way up to the small crack, slip through, turn left, and up the crag and your on top! See my photo: Up top Umm Frith Bridge photographing a tourist...

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  • South Theatre

    Jarash Things to Do

    Ancient Jerash was had two proper theatres, one at each end of the city, which should tell you something about not only its wealth and power but also the size of its population. It was still pouring with rain when we made our visit to the South Theatre, set on the same hill as the Temple of Zeus (see tip) and thought by many to be the most...

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  • Umm Sayhoun

    Wadi Musa Things to Do

    Umm Sayhoun is one of several different Latin-alphabet spellings for this small, modern village which lies just outside Wadi Musa on the road to 'Little Petra'. The Bedul (Bedoul/Bedelin) Bedouin clan lived in the ancient site of Petra for well over a thousand years. Some of say they are descended from the original Nabateans, some say they were...

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  • Karak Castle - Views

    Al Karak Things to Do

    It is only once you are inside the fortress that the excellence of its defensive position becomes obvious. The sheer cliffs on 3 sides of the escapment meant that the castle can only be attacked from one direction. Unfortunately, it also meant that it could fairly easily be besieged and it was a siege which, in the end, caused the surrender of...

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  • Abu Jaber Mansion

    As Salt Things to Do

    This beautiful building is in the process of being restored. It is beautiful from the outside. I was told that it would be open for visitors within 2 weeks (that is from 30 April) when I was there. It is historically important as it was a home to Royalty.

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  • Ottoman Village

    Umm Qays Things to Do

    On the acropolis of Gadara was an Ottoman stone village built during the 19th century. The houses were inhabited until 1986 when the villagers got money from the Ministry of Tourism for leaving their homes, as the site was going to be cleared and excavated. Well, the village is still standing there and there have been plans to turn it into a hotel,...

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  • Wadi Mujib

    Dead Sea Things to Do

    The spectacular Wadi Majib carves its way through the arid cliffs of Jordan and snakes its way all the way down to the eastern shore of the Dead Sea. A quick stop along the Dead Sea Highway for the attached photo is a must during the long drive to Petra. For those with more time, hiking trails and a spa are located upstream, though they are only...

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  • Souks

    Amman Things to Do

    Every Arab city with a souq also has a gold souq. This is undoubtedly a throw-back to the time when gold was the primary currency used throughout the Middle East, but it also points to the fact that in countries where war and upheaval are fairly common, people still prefer to keep at least a segment of their wealth in an easily transportable...

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