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As the major Red Sea resort, modern Aqaba sprawls along the coast here. Down in the old port, however, several important historic sites are all located close to each other, waiting to be explored. The Ayla Church, now modest mud-brick ruins, dates...
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Wadi Musa, Petra, Jordan, Wadi Musa, Jordan
The ancient Nabataean red-rock temples and tombs at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra truly embody that overused word mysterious. A few hints of the people who constructed this city in the 3rd century B.C.E. can be found in ancient texts,...
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To be honest, the Middle Eastern country of Jordan has a lot of "wow" moments. Among all of them, though, one of my favorite experiences was walking through the massive desert known as Wadi Rum. Wadi Rum has been inhabited by Bedouins for...
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K. Ali Ben Al-Hussein St. 146, Amman, Jordan
If Amman has a single highlight, it is the Citadel in the heart of the city, where humans have lived since the Neolithic age. Under the Greeks the settlement was called Philadelphia. The stunning, elegant Roman ruins of the Temple of Hercules...
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Al Madina At Tibbiyya, Amman, Jordan
The late King Hussein was a dashing celebrity, so his extensive private collection of the world's finest vintage motor vehicles is a fitting legacy. The Royal Automobile Museum opened in 2003 and is impressive for even those who think they have...
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After you see the well-preserved Forum and the gorgeous Hadrian’s Arch at Jerash, you might think you’re in Rome itself. The site, just a short drive from Amman, is home to some of the finest Roman ruins in the Middle East. The city flourished for...
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Al Karak Hwy، الكرك، Jordan

It’s hard to imagine how early-12th-century Crusaders were able to construct the massive hilltop castle at Kerak in such a barren environment. While a museum inside tells the story of the stronghold, it is perhaps the moat, arrow slits and...

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Al Yarmuk St., Madaba, Jordan
It’s all about ancient mosaics in the market town of Madaba, where on the floor of the Byzantine church of Saint George, some two million colored tiles were used to create a map of the Holy Land. Fine details of fish and a gazelle being pursued by...
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Al-Quds St., Jordan
The way up is windy, but the views of the Dead Sea and the desert from the summit of Mount Nebo, with an altitude of 817 meters (2,680 feet), are spectacular. The history is even more impressive: According to the book of Deuteronomy, it was here...
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A mud bath and a swim—or more accurately, a float—in the Dead Sea, the lowest point in the world, is a must for many travelers on a trip to Jordan. Several lookout points off the main road reveal a rugged landscape with scaly salt-crystal...