Things to see in Jordan

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Amy Adejokun
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Landscapes

Discover the most entrancing landscapes in Jordan along the famous "road of kings" linking Amman and Aqada (via Petra), along the Red Sea (200 miles). This biblical itinerary crossing the ancient Trans-Jordan kingdoms of Ammon, Moab and Edom is the road the Israelites took in the book of Exodus, as did Yemenite caravans on their way to the Mediterranean and Levant. Jordan provides a barren, breathtaking and shocking decor.

Arts and culture

Jordan is home to some genuine ancient treasures. All around you can find the ruins of civilisations that have disappeared but for whom history lives on through the relics that have been left behind and via the ancient culture that has been passed down from generation to generation. The three museums of Amman preserve these riches and give you an idea of Jordanian culture. Have a good look at the many mosaics that are found in the churches. In Madaba, the 'City of Mosaics', you will have the opportunity to admire the mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land dating back to the 6th century that represent the valleys, cities and villages of the region up to the Nile Delta. The incredible precision and work represented by this masterpiece will not leave you indifferent; 2 million coloured stones were sculpted in order to create it. If it doesn't scare you to head off on an adventure into the heart of one of the most arid deserts in the world, the 'Desert Castles' itinerary is for you. You will discover beautiful palaces decorated with frescoes and mosaics where the monarchs of the 8th century lived in luxury.

Monuments

Jordan is an ideal destination for fans of archaeology and ancient relics. To start with, visit Petra, which is the most famous tourist site in the country. You will discover an awe-inspiring site and unique architecture. The most famous monument in Petra is the Treasury (or 'Al Khazneh' in Arabic). A 40m-high temple dating from the 1st century AD, it owes its name to the fact that it was supposed to have served as the Pharaoh's treasury. Carved into a huge pink sandstone cliff, it is a truly impressive monument. Crossing the desert, you can also discover the 'Desert Castles', which were mostly built in the 8th century AD. Finally, Amman, Madaba, Mount Nebo and Kerak are some of the other exceptional sites among Jordan's many gems.

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