Jordan Things to Do

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

  • The Souk

    Amman Things to Do

    Al-Balad, or the The Town, is the older part of Amman to makes up the core of the city. “Older part” should not be taken to mean mediaeval or Ottoman. This is a thoroughly modern section of the town, but it includes a number of buildings that are likely from the turn of the century. Despite the relative newness of this section of Amman, it is...

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  • The Treasury - Al Khazneh

    Petra Things to Do

    The first grand monument of Petra you see as you enter the city is the Al Khazneh (the Treasury). It's an incredibly sight as the view of it opens up exiting the last few meters of the Siq. Almost every tourist stops and staggers, catching their breath as they stand and stare at the vast building carved out of solid red stone. Despite its name...

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  • Dead Sea

    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

    Petra Things to Do

    Continuing from the Royal Tombs through the Collanaded Street to Qasr al-Bint al-Faroun (Castle of the Pharoah's Daughter, the only free standing structure in Petra) and then a further one half hour climb is the Monastery. Built in 3rd Century BC, it is similar to the Khazneh. However, it is 50m wide and 45m high. On your route to/from the...

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  • Roman Theatre

    Amman Things to Do

    The theater was built during Antonius Piu's reign betwen 138 and 161. The large structure could seat about 6000 people and so this is the bigger Roman theater in Jordan and still today it is used for several shows. The highest seats were called and still today are called Gods, they are far from the satege but still have the best view.

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  • Siq

    Petra Things to Do

    This is the ancent main entrance to Petra. An impressive 1200 meters long gorge of stunning beauty. Along the siq there are peakes up to 80 meters high. Walking through the Siq you get to see bizarre looking geological formations, colorful rocks, terraces, water channels cut into cliffs. It's a long walk but I would reccomend to not take horses or...

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  • Citadel

    Amman Things to Do

    Amman as Rome has been built on seven hills and the area known as Citadel is located on the highest hill. Artefacts from the bronze era show how long this hill has been a fortress and an Agorà, some of these artefacts are shown in the small archeologicak museum inside the citadel. The citadel is surrounded by 1700 meters walls that have been...

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  • Urn Tomb

    Petra Things to Do

    The Urn Tomb is another impressive Tomb that has been carved into the sheer cliffs of Petra. It is believed that the Tomb was made for King Malichos II in approx. 70 AD. This tomb is impressive because it has a forecourt/terrace that has several columns on each side. You then enter a huge hall that was converted to a church around 500 years ago....

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  • Mosques

    Amman Things to Do

    Most Middle Eastern countries have a law that requires the presence of a mosque every x number of meters, so it should not be a surprise that there are (1) lots of mosques in Muslim cities; and (2) that some of these are quite large and quite impressive. The Husseini Mosque is one such large and impressive mosque, and unlike the King Abdullah I...

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  • High Place of Sacrifice

    Petra Things to Do

    I found the High Place of Sacrifice to be an interesting and fun place. Not only does it have the alters and stuff but it has great views as well. The high place has a large pool where rain water was collected and available for the priests. In front of the alter was a large open court with a strange ridge in the middle where something must have...

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  • 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 first of the so called Royal Tombs is the Urn Tomb. This tomb is built high on the mountain side, and requires climbing up a number of flights of stairs. It was suggested that this is the tomb of Nabataean King Malchus II who died in 70 AD. On the other hand it is considered the tomb of Aretas IV. It is preceded by a deep courtyard with...

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  • Churches

    Amman Things to Do

    Madaba is a small town outside of Amman (about 30km) along the same road that takes you to Mount Nebo. The initial site of it can be a bit disconcerting, as the small town is packed with shops and stores that cater to the busloads of tourists that visit this part of the country. Nevertheless, it does feature a number of different historically...

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  • Qasr al Bint

    Petra Things to Do

    This is the best preserved free-standing building in Petra. It is the temple of the main Nabataean god Dushara. Its name means "Palace of the Pharaoh's Daughter". It is an enormous temple and would have been an extremely costly one to build. It is yet another example of how much wealth there was in this city in its day.

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  • Umayyad Palace

    Amman Things to Do

    This series of historic buildings can be found behind the archeological museum. The palace, dating 720, was a big complex of royal and normal buildings. The palace was destroyed by an earth quake in 749 and was never totally rebuilt, so its life was not long definitly.

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  • Street of Facades

    Petra Things to Do

    The Siq and the Al Khazneh (treasury buidling) which lies after the exit of the Siq, maybe the most popular locations in Petra, but the Treasury Building is actually just the start of the trek into Petra Proper, as there is a canyon located at the right side of the treasury buidling that begins to widen and on both sides of the canyon, there are a...

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  • Mount Nebo

    Amman Things to Do

    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...

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  • Theater

    Petra Things to Do

    The Theatre was carved into the side of the mountain at the foot of the High Place of Sacrifice during the reign of King Aretas IV (9BC-40AD). It consists of three rows of seats separated by passageways and seven stairways ascend the auditorium and can accommodate 4000 spectators. The back wall of the stage was rebuilt by the Romans. Petra's...

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  • Day Trips

    Amman Things to Do

    The King's Highway is an old trade route that criss crosses the middle east and one of it's major branches straddles Jordan of which AMMAN is one of the Major stops. Today the king's highway is now in apshalt and runs the breadth of jordan and is Parallel to the Desert Highway. The King’s Highway is mentioned in the Old Testament: Moses was refused...

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  • Silk Tomb

    Petra Things to Do

    Beyond the amphitheatre, a sudden run on all things touristy (including a major 'camel park') opens out onto a wide wide vista. To the right in the next set of serious facades - the Royal Tombs. A whole series of differing tombs carved into the cliff face in a seried rank. By far the least impressive from a carved perspective is the Silk Tomb, so...

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  • Temple of Hercules

    Amman Things to Do

    This temple was built betwen 162 and 166 AD. It is larger than any temple in Rome itself and it can be seen from any point of the city. This is indeed the main attraction of the citadel, next to the temple there is a panoramic view of the center of the city.

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  • Obelisk Tomb

    Petra Things to Do

    the Obelisk Tomb is the first large and elaborate tomb among the several tombs that you will see around Petra National Park. The Tomb is located at the Bab Al Siq walk, near the Entrance to the Siq Proper. You can go Inside if you want and there is a small trail from the Bab Al Siq to the Tomb. Dating back to the first century BC, the tomb features...

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  • Nymphaeum

    Amman Things to Do

    As a member of the Decapolis, or the ten Roman cities of the Middle East, Amman was an important site for the construction of Roman infrastructure. One such example is the Nymphaeum, a now largely destroyed construction that would have been dedicated to nymphs and would have, practically, functioned as a fountain and possibly a bath. Although much...

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  • Djinn Blocks

    Petra Things to Do

    while traversing the Bab al Siq, which is the 600 meter flat walk before the entrance to the Siq, you will see assorted geometric blocks scattered around the area and these are calle the Djinn Blocks, which are actually dedicated to the Pre Islamic Arabian Gods and also are the locations of tombs for Nabateans nearby. The Djinn Blocks are actually...

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  • Bethany

    Amman Things to Do

    At the end of your visit to Bethany you arrive to the Jordan River. It this place you are just 5 metres from the border with Israel. It is very nice to see the flags of Israel and Jordan near the Jordan River, the river who made the history of our culture!!!

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  • Temple of the Winged Lions

    Petra Things to Do

    This temple was named after the sculpted lions with wings that were found decorating the column capitals. The interior was lavishly decorated using marble, plaster, and stucco. The temple is dated to 28 A.D. It's destruction was dated to May 19, 363, as a result of the massive earthquake that happened that day.

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  • Roman Forum

    Amman Things to Do

    Much the same as the Roman Theatre (which is right next to it), the Roman Forum was constructed in the 2nd Century AD, when Amman was part of the Roman Empire and known as Philadelphia. Unfortunately, there is not much that can be said about the Forum, as when I was there it was either under restoration or largely boarded up because of the...

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  • Corinthian Tomb

    Petra Things to Do

    The Corinthian Tomb is one of the Royal Tombs. It is quite similar to the Treasury in the structure and its façade is very ornate. Awfully this tomb is damaged by the wind and water erosion, but the color of the sandstone is wonderful.

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  • Archeological Museum

    Amman Things to Do

    This is a small museum open untill 4 pm, one hour less than the citadel. This museum hosts a good collection of items dating from all era of Jordanian and regional history such as a 6000 years old skull coming from Jericho. In winter with temperature near the zero degrees and the strong wind, the museum can also be the only warm place where to have...

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  • Byzantine Church

    Petra Things to Do

    Our little guide took us to see the remains of the Byzantine Church . He searched for the guardian who had the key and let us into the fenced enclosure. We were the only visitors.There is a beautiful mosaic floor with representations of animals, birds and fish. In retrospect it reminds me of the Villa of Birds in Alexandria. [see tip under...

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  • Museum of Popular Traditions

    Amman Things to Do

    The Jordanian Museum of Popular Traditions acts as a sort of National Ethnographical Museum for Jordan. It includes a number of different displays on the artisanship and traditional industries that characterized both the Jordanian and Palestinian people for centuries. Of course, the Museum has a variety of different displays on the weaponry,...

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  • Palace Tomb

    Petra Things to Do

    This carved monument has the look of a palace, that's why it has been called palace tomb. The central door looks like hanging as the columns were eroded. It is composed of three levels and though all the structure has been partially destroyed it still looks magnificent.

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  • Colonnade Street

    Petra Things to Do

    Connecting the Royal Tombs with the central part of the site is the Colonnaded Street. It's a tough walk along uneven (and often missing) stones. The slowness of your progress along this street is taken advantage of by trinket sellers. I found it easier going to walk down the sides of the street, behind the crumbling colonnades.

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  • Baida

    Petra Things to Do

    Whatever the original purpose of this valley, it was inhabited by a number of people. The big tombs are down the bottom, but tiny dwelling caves can be seen all over the walls, and narrow staircases are everywhere.

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  • Great Temple

    Petra Things to Do

    Just off to the left of the Colonnaded Street is the Great Temple. A one great building, and the source of some controversy. Its design led many archeologists to believe it was a temple, but later discoveries challenged this belief. The semi-circular oratory room, similar to ones found in the Roman senate, has made people wonder if this was...

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  • Amphitheatre

    Petra Things to Do

    As you proceed further down the canyon, beyond the Al Khazneh you will get to see also the amphitheatre, it says it has Roman influence but the unique in this particular one is the fact that it was built into the rock and not by bringing rocks and stones to build it.

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  • Temenos Gate

    Petra Things to Do

    Temenos Gateway sits proudly across the colonnaded street, marking its western edge. It's also hiding the fact that the Colonnaded Walk veers slightly to the right if looking from the Great Temple. But it was also the entrance to the most important sacred precinct (the temenos) in Petra - that of Qasr el-Bint Faroun. The gate is built in the style...

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  • Lion Fountain

    Petra Things to Do

    The Lion Fountain is reached when you descend from the High Place by the back route. Its an interesting carving and you can clearly see where the water was channeled down the rock face passing through the open mouth of the lion. Apparently the fountain was used as a drinking fountain but it could also have been a religious monument. It is located...

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  • Lion Biclinium

    Petra Things to Do

    Along the walk up to the monastery is a short turn off track signposted to the Lion Biclinium - in here are tombs decorated with Medusa heads and lions and other less decorated tombs. Only takes a couple of minutes each way to get to a spot enough to see these and get some photos. Beautifully coloured rocks are to be found in this small gorge as...

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  • Necropolis

    Petra Things to Do

    When you pass the Street of Facades you arrive in a big "square" and you can see all around you a lot of tombs in Assir style and Nabataeans houses, all of them cave in the rock in more floors. It's an impressive panorama. On your left there is the stair that go to the High Places.

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  • Qasr al-Kharaneh

    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...

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  • Qasr Al Amra

    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...

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  • Bethany

    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...

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  • Jerash

    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...

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  • Petra

    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,...

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