The beginnings of Jordan can be read in the ruins that decorate its varying landscapes. Witnessed by entering ancient and ambitious structures. Heard being told by the mouths of those whose traditions have stood the test of time. For Jordan is a country that refuses to shake off the cloak of its past, instead embracing a history that forms the very foundations upon which the country stands today. These are just some of the ways you can get to know Jordan’s story, told here in sand and stone…
Visit Petra and you’ll recognise the ambition of a people determined to make Jordan great. Did they succeed? Study the complex sculpting, gaze up at the mammoth pink walls and watch as candlelight flickers and then illuminates the scenes around you and you’ll know that yes, they succeeded. Their legacy is one that draws people from far and wide. A triumph that has been recognised as a UNESCO Heritage Site. You must not miss this integral part of Jordan’s story.
A CASTLE COLLECTION
Jordan’s rich desert landscape is dotted with a number of castles that provide an incredible insight to Jordan’s mighty story. Standing as wonderful examples of Islamic art and architecture, venture into the desert wilderness and appreciate the beauty of these structures and the significance they hold. Ajloun Castle in northwest Jordan is one of the most spectacular, dating back to the 12th Century. Towers, giant walls and a museum filled with artefacts from the region make this a trip worth remembering. So too is Kerak Castle an impressive sight. A crusader castle that sits atop a steep hill, Kerak is full of impressive vaults, labyrinthine corridors and beautiful courtyards. And since it also dates back to the 12th Century, it’s one of Jordan’s most important historic monuments.
EXPLORE ANTIQUITY IN JERASH
For years, Jerash was the home of two ancient cultures that lived harmoniously. These cultures, the Greek Romans of the Mediterranean and the ancient Arab Orient, were two key players in shaping the story of Jordan. In sculpting the cultural nuances that make Jordan so unique. And Jerash, the city in which they thrived, a city that has been occupied for over 6,500 years, is now recognised as one of the best preserved Roman towns in the world. So wander down the colonnaded streets, enter the theatres, absorb sights of soaring temples and follow the city walls, all the while allowing your mind to drift back in time.
TRACE FOOTSTEPS ALONG THE KINGS HIGHWAY
A route that was first mentioned in the Bible, the Kings Highway is so called due to an episode told in Genesis 14, when a group of ‘four kings from the north’ marched along this route to go into battle with the five kings of the Cities of the Plain. It just so happens that this was the route that Moses wanted to follow as he led his people through the land of southern Jordan. The highway meanders through many different parts of the country, from open farmland to deep ravines and the edge of the Eastern Desert. Follow its bends and curves and you’ll witness spectacular archaeological sites, pass through the historic town of Madaba, witness the beauty of the Dana Nature Reserve and marvel at the castles of Karak and Shobak.