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January 4-11, 2015. Travelling in Jordan

Jordan. Petra

Jordan. Petra

Jordan (the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) – is a state situated on the north-western tip of Arabian Peninsula in South-West Asia. Jordan is bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq – to the north-east, Saudi Arabia – to the south and east, Israel and Palestinian autonomy – to the west. The country is washed by the waters of the Red Sea, Dead Sea, and Gulf of Aqaba. Close to 90% of its territory is occupied by desert and semi-desert. The country’s capital city is Amman.

The climate in Jordan is sub-tropical Mediterranean with cool winters and hot summers. The highest temperatures’ month is August; the lowest temperatures are in January (sometimes it even snows).

Many unique monuments of history and culture have been preserved in Jordan. The impregnable city-fortress Petra, city Jerash (Eastern Pompeii), Arab castles al-Azraq and Madaba, Caliph’s desert palaces, Moses’ Memorial on Mount Nebo, the site of Jesus Christ’s baptism in Wadi Al-Kharrar and other historical sites mentioned in the Holy Scriptures.

In the programme of the journey:

  • Getting acquainted with the capital of the Kingdom of Jordan, Amman. Visiting Citadel Jabal al-Qal’a, Roman theatre, King Abdullah Mosque, Al-Hussein mosque, tour to the National Archaeological Museum. Visiting the local market;
  • Tour to Petra. Learning about the centuries-long history of Petra and its neighbourhoods. Journey through the Siq Gorge. Visiting the rock temple Ad Deir and the tomb of high priest Aaron;
  • Tour to one of the chief cities of the ancient Decapolis – city of Jerash. Acquaintance with the city of Pella and its ten-thousand-years-long history and the first Christian community, formed in the 1st century by the refuges from Jerusalem;
  • Trip to the city of Madaba. In the Old Testament the city is called Medeba. Madaba is also called the mosaics city because of the fragments of Byzantine mosaics that have been preserved in this city. In the church of Saint George there is a mosaic map of the Holy Land that dates from the 6th century;
  • Visiting Mount Nebo. According to tradition, from this very mountain Moses saw the Good Land of the Promise.
  • Visiting the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ on the Jordan River.
  • Cross-country safari in Wadi Rum Desert;
  • Acquaintance with the town of Wadi Musa and Crusaders’ Castle Kerak.

Following the journey, I will prepare and publish the report and photographs.

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