The Jordan River is among the most popular sites for tourists in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, for obvious reasons. This is among the most prominently represented of all the bodies of water in the region when it comes to the Biblical scripture: not only has it been the site of the baptism of Jesus, it is also where the Old Testament prophet Elisha ascended to heaven as well as the site of the famous crossing of the Israelites into their promised land under the leadership of Joshua. Indeed, this has to be among the places you visit if ever you do come to the country.
Near Amman in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is the peak known as Mount Nebo. This is not one of the highest mountains in the world: it stands a mere 817m in height, which means it does not owe its repute to its stature. Rather, its popularity stems from its supposed place in Biblical scripture and Jewish history.
It is necessary to note, for the sake of scientific clarity, that there are still a good number of scholars and historians who contest the matter of whether or not this is the same Nebo as the one referred to in the Old Testament or Torah. Given how much topographic designations can vary and how difficult it can be to properly identify the actual locations for such ancient texts as the ones involved, [Read more…]
The city of Jerash, which is about 48 kilometres away from Amman, is another of the famous tourist locations of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and it has a lot in common with the country’s capital. Like Amman, Jerash went through a significant period of Roman rule, and both cities have a wealth of relics left over from that era, from amphitheatres to temples. Indeed, most archaeologists compare the ruins and structures of either city to each other regularly. There are particular structures that one city has that the other cannot boast, though. For example, Amman has the ever-popular ruins of the gigantic Hercules statue that once stood by the Temple of Hercules on its Citadel (which temple is comparable to Jerash’s Temple of Artemis, by the way). On the other hand, Jerash has Hadrian’s Arch, also often called the Triumphal Arch of Hadrian.
While this structure is indeed situated in old Jerash-modern Jerash being another town next to it-it may be included in a roster of [Read more…]
There is a splendid arts complex in the capital of Jordan that is situated just north of the Amman’s Downtown. Going by the name Darat al-Funun, this gallery aims to promote local arts in the city as well as the region in general, and does so by holding regular exhibits as well as displaying a growing permanent collection.
The small house of the arts (this is the literal translation of the name) is located almost at the very centre of the city of Amman, in a place generally regarded as the artistic centre of the city too. Near Darat al-Funun are several other art galleries, in fact, including the [Read more…]
Just an hour’s drive away from Amman-48 kilometres away from it, to be precise-is a site of great interest to scholars and enthusiasts of antiquity, particularly Ancient Roman culture. The ruins of the ancient city of Gerasa, now known as modern-day Jerash, have always drawn in tourists in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and for good reason: these are among the best-preserved of all ruins in the area, perhaps rivalled only by Petra in that regard. For that reason, they are definitely worth a day’s detour if you are in the Jordanian capital.
To be clear, there are actually two parts to Jerash now, or what some call the old city and the modern one. The urbanised and thriving [Read more…]
To the east and in the old downtown of the capital of Jordan is one of the oldest still-occupied places in the country: Jabal Amman. Jabal means hill, so a possible translation for this place would be Amman Hill. It was among the first seven of the hills to constitute the city when it was first founded, and its own history of human settlement dates back to the New Stone Age. It is actually among the first places to have been occupied by the “upper crust” of later civilisation, with many of the first nobles of the city having originally taken residence on its heights, and it is today a significant heritage point for locals, given that it holds so many important buildings from the past century or so.
So first off, you have to be aware that this is not one of those heritage sites that are obviously old: many of the sights in Jabal Amman [Read more…]