You can cross between Israel and Jordan at one of three crossings: the Arava crossing lies between the Israeli town of Eilat and the Jordanian town of Aquaba, and is the most convenient crossing for those looking to visit Petra. Borders may also be crossed at the Allenby Bridge Crossing close to Jericho, and the Sheik Hussein crossing close to Beth Sh’ean.
Here are some of our favourite sites to visit in Jordan: The magnificent ruins at Petra mark the place where Nabatean kings held court, and consist of a rose coloured city masterfully cut into the desert rock. Highlights include the impressive entrance to the city through the narrow one kilometer Siq, and Petra’s most elaborate ruin, The Treasury. Petra is located in Jordan, close to the border with Israel at Eilat. A visit to Petra can be arranged as a day tour from Eilat, or as part of a wider Jordan experience.
Amman is the capital city of Jordan and a wonderful mix of old and new. We highly recommend a visit to the Citadel, the Archaeological Museum, the Roman Theatre, the Folklore Museum and the Jordan Museum. You can also take a walk down town through the bazaars and the Gold market.Madaba, located South of Amman, is one of the most memorable places in Jordan. Dubbed “the city of mosaics”, Madaba offers many sites to explore. Amongst them the chief attraction – in the contemporary Greek Orthodox church of St. George – is a wonderfully vivid, 6th century Byzantine mosaic map showing Jerusalem and other holy sites. With two million pieces of colored stone, and a full 25×25 meters in its original state – most of which can still be seen today – the map depicts hills and valleys, villages and towns, as far away as the Nile Delta. This masterpiece is unrivalled in Jordan, but there are literally dozens of other mosaics from the 5th through the 7th centuries scattered throughout Madaba’s churches and homes.
Mount Nebo is the mountain where Moses was allowed to see the Holy Land… and not allowed to enter it. Nowadays the mountain is a memorial site. Here you will find the “Church of Moses”, built by the first Christians and displaying a large number of beautiful mosaics. Ever since the first days of Christianity this mountain has been a holy place and a pilgrimage destination. Like Moses, you can have a great view over Jordan, the Dead Sea and Israel. When the weather is clear, you should even be able to see Jerusalem, which is about 60 kilometers away.
The trip to Petra was flawless and I thank you.
Herb J, New York
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