If Jordan has one thing in abundance, its history; the country is absolutely steeped in legends of times gone by. Jordan occupies an area that is incredibly rich in its religious roots and archaeological remains, making it an ideal destination for keen historians – or just those looking for a little more depth to their cultural excursion. At almost every turn you will discover something incredible to look at, with a story to match.
VISIT THE ANCIENT CITY OF JERASH
This is fascinating place provides visitors with an insight into how two ancient cultures existed side by side – the Greek Roman world from the Mediterranean and the ancient Arab Orient; which in turn helps explain the culture of Jordan today. This historical city has been continually occupied for over 6,500 years, with its ‘golden age’ during the Roman times, and it is now considered to be one of the best preserved Roman towns in the world. Explore the wonderfully conserved features, including colonnaded streets, huge theatres, soaring temples, public squares, baths and city walls.
Umm Qays (formerly known as Gadara) is another key historical site with its own unique appeal. Looking out over the Sea of Galilee and the Jordan Valley, Umm Qays dutifully preserves the remains of bygone eras, with features such as a black basalt theatre, a colonnaded main street, a city gate and the outlines of a large hippodrome. As you wander the ancient streets you can almost imagine life as it would have been, and the hustle and bustle of life in the city, looking out over the beautiful lands.
THE ANCIENT CITY OF PETRA
The ancient city of Petra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and, deservedly, one of Jordan’s national treasures. Visitors flock from far and wide to visit this iconic pink stone city, well known for its architecture, culture and clever complex of dams and water channels. The city also has a unique setting deep inside a narrow gorge. To access the city people have to walk a kilometre long path which is surrounded by steep walls that stretch up to a height of 200m. You might even recognise the city from the film Indian Jones and the Last Crusade. We recommend you take a day to explore this city; there are endless archaeological wonders to see, from baths to temples to arched gateways to ancient rock drawings.
JORDAN’S BIBLICAL EXPERIENCES
There’s no shortage of heritage to this country, and exploring some of the top biblical experiences is definitely a highlight. See where Moses first looked out on the Promised Land at Mount Nebo, where Jesus was baptized at Bethany Beyond the Jordan, and the 6th century mosaic map of the Holy Land embedded into the floor of the St.George Church. If this is a side of Jordan you want to focus on, we can tailor an itinerary to cover all the key sites.