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The Best Historical Sites in Jordan

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There's more to Jordan's history than Petra. Away from the Nabataeans' feted "Rose-Red City," a treasure trove of ruins awaits. Travelers who want to dig a little deeper into this nation's past can walk down colonnaded Roman roads, gaze up at Umayyad frescoes, and scramble over slumping rubble to explore toppled churches still clinging on to fragments of once majestic mosaics. Better yet, at most sites you're likely to have the entire place to yourself.
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For Christians, the Baptism Site of Jesus Christ at Bethany Beyond the Jordan is one of the most significant places in the world. Located amid a prepossessing sweep of scrubby plains, next to the sensitive border between Israel and the...
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Umm Qais, Jordan
Tucked into the hilly northwestern corner of Jordan, Umm Qais (or ancient Gadara) commands grand views of the Sea of Galilee and the Golan Heights from the edge of its plateau. It was here that Jesus is said to have performed the miracle of...
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As-Salt, Jordan
The charming town of As-Salt (also known as just Salt), with its cream-colored limestone buildings climbing up the hillside, is within day-tripping distance from Amman. Here, nearly all the architecture dates from the late Ottoman period, lending...
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قلعة عجلون، Ajloun, Jordan
It’s easy to assume that any castle in the Middle East was built by a Crusader, but the one at Ajloun is a notable exception. Constructed in 1184 by Izz ad-Din Usama bin Munqidh, general and nephew of the great Saladin, it commands a...
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Tabqet Fahel, Jordan
Pella is the place to put on your archaeology hat. There may be no triumphant temple remains or grand Roman roads here, but if you like history, Pella is one of Jordan's most important archaeological sites. Excavations here reveal a staggering...
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شارع الحرية 230، عمّان، Jordan
While Jordan’s eastern desert isn’t very popular with tourists, it holds some unexpected treasures. More than 1,000 years ago, when the country wasn’t so dry, the Umayyads built “desert castles” in this area as part...
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Mafraq Governorate, Jordan
The black basalt ruins of Umm al-Jimal have to be one of Jordan's most intriguing historical sites. Hardly anyone ever makes it out here, which is a shame because this vast Roman and Byzantine town built uniformly out of volcanic basalt is packed...