Sands of Time|Jordan
Jordan, a country tucked away between the mighty Roman and the mystical Arabs, holds a rich cultural heritage stored in and protected for the world. The maximum number of ruins and archaeological sites are declared as World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. It is a Kingdom steeped in history and culture.
Jordan is a well preserved piece of history that still remains untouched by the modernity of the world. It is one of the portals to an era several centuries ago. This mystical place has much more to offer than what you seek.
With several places to go and lot many things to do, Black Swan Journeys suggests a few compelling places to visit.
A city spread over 19 hills, Amman is a fascinating city of contrast- a unique blend of old and new. The capital of Jordan, Amman is a city laced with several Hellenistic, Roman and Arab ruins. Home to Temple of Hercules, the Umayyad Palace and the Byzantine Church this site is called the Citadel. In the heart of the city, ultra-chic buildings, hotels, fancy restaurants, art galleries and boutiques mingle comfortably with traditional coffee shops and tiny artisans workshops. Everywhere there is evidence of the city’s much older past.
The City of Mosaics, known for its spectacular Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, it is home to the famous 6th century mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. With two million pieces of colored stone, the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns as far as the Nile Delta and is music for your eyes. Fragments of the past are relived through these colorful pieces in and around this mosaic city.
Deep within the deserts of Jordan lies the city of Petra, nicknamed the Rose City. Considered a national treasure and by far the best known tourist attraction, Petra is a legacy of the Nabataeans- industrious Arabs, who settled in Southern Jordan more than 2000 years ago. Admired for its refined culture, massive architecture, Petra is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site that captivates visitors from all corners of the globe. And not to forget Petra will give you an Indiana Jones feel!
Considered to be Rome away from Rome, Jerash lies on a plain surrounded by hilly wooded areas and fertile basins. The history of Jerash is a blend of the Greco-Roman world of the Mediterranean basin and the ancient traditions of the Arab Orient. It is a grandeur of Imperial Rome and one of the largest and the most well preserved sites of Roman architecture in the World. Its paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, handsome theatres, spacious public squares and plazas, etc remain in exceptional condition.
Famous for its preserved coral reefs and unique sea life, Aqaba’s greatest asset is the Red Sea itself. Experience some of the best snorkeling and diving in the world. Here you can swim with friendly sea turtles and dolphins as they dart amongst the schools of multi-colored fish. If you happen to be an adventurous person the night dives are the best option for you to lose yourself to night-loving sea creatures.
– Wadi Rum called the ‘Valley of Moon’, is a lunar-like landscape, crevi e-riddled cliffs and ever-evolving light inspire extravagant awe. The nights are filled with screeching desert foxes, sightings of the mighty Milky Way and blazing shooting stars, while the days are dramatic. When you visit Wadi Rum you’ll know why exactly Lawrence of Arabia was in love with this spectacular desert land.
It would be a shame to come to Jordan and miss the Dead Sea. At 400m below sea level, this extraordinary body of intense blue water lies at the lowest point on earth. Dead Sea salts and minerals have long been exploited for their skin-friendly properties – although they don’t always feel that friendly.
A safe haven in a region of conflict, Jordan has delighted visitors for centuries with its world heritage sites, friendly towns and beautiful desert landscapes. Jordan takes you back in time of luxury, peace and beauty.It is one of the best Middle Eastern regions to visit and it has given the world one of the best ancient treasures. A reminiscent beauty Jordan is a moment to treasure.
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