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Jordan is a country of culture, beauty and surprising contrasts. It is an ancient land, yet a modern Kingdom, offering the discerning traveler fascinating diversity, safety and traditional hospitality. Few nations boast such close affinity to the great historical epochs of the world nor do many match its beautiful climate. Here the very destiny of mankind has been reshaped, time and centuries, resulting in layer after layer of unparalleled spectacles of nature and human achievements.
The journey can begin in Amman, the modern capital of Jordan previously known in history as Rabbath Ammon and in Graeco-Roman times as Philadelphia. The city is a busy administrative center with many fine hotels, restaurants, art galleries and museums. Amman is crowned by the Citadel, a hill with ruins of the Temple of Hercules, Umayyad Palace and a Byzantine church. At the foot of the Citadel lies the 6,000 seat Roman Theatre.
Only half an hour's drive north of Amman is the Graeco-Roman city of Jerash (Gerasa in ancient times), which boasts an unbroken chain of human occupation dating back more than 6,500 years. The site is now generally acknowledged to be one of the best preserved Roman provincial towns in the world compromising paved and colonnaded streets, soaring hilltop temples, spectacular theatres, spacious public squares, plazas, baths and fountains. The Jerash Festival held in July each year, transforms the ancient city into one of the world's liveliest and most spectacular cultural events.
In addition to Amman and Jerash, Gadara (now Umm Qays) and Pella (now Tabaqat Fahil) were once Decapolis cities and each has a unique appeal. Famous for the Biblical story of the Gadara Swine, Umm Qays was renowned in its time as a cultural centre. Perched on a splendid hill-top overlooking the Jordan Valley and Lake Tiberia, Umm Qays boasts impressive ancient remains, such as the stunning black basalt theatre, the basilica and the underground mausoleum.
Pella is exceptionally rich in antiquities. Besides the excavated ruins from the Graeco-Roman period, Pella offers visitors the opportunity to see the remains of Chalcolithic settlements from the 4th century BC.
A trip south of Amman along the 5,000 year-old King's Highway is one of the most memorable journeys in the Holy Land, passing through a string of ancient sites.
The first city along the way is Madaba (the city of Mosaics), which has been intermittently inhabited for nearly 3,500 years. The chief attraction in this city is a wonderful vivid 6th century Byzantine mosaic map of Jerusalem and the Holy Land. There are also literally hundreds of other mosaics scattered throughout Madaba's churches and homes. Mount Nebo, the memorial to Moses and the presumed site of the prophets death and burial. From the platform in front of the church one can enjoy a breath-taking view across the Jordan Valley and the Dead Sea.
One of the Seventh wonders of the world the ancient city of Petra is one of Jordan's national treasures and its best known tourist attraction. Located about three hours south of Amman, Petra is the Legacy of the Nabataens, an industrious Arab people who settled in south Jordan more than 2,000 years ago. Much of Petra's appeal comes from its spectacular setting deep inside a narrow desert gorge. From the main entrance the visitor travels on foot through the awesome "Siq", an immense crack in the sandstone that winds for one kilometer between overhanging cliffs.
Petra's most famous monument, the Treasury, appears dramatically at the end of the Siq and various walks and climbs reveal literally hundreds of buildings, facades, tombs, baths, funery halls, temples and a 3,000 seat theatre from the 1st century AD.